What people said about the alleged terror plot that was foiled by police raids in two cities on Thursday.
HOW PEOPLE REACTED TO NEWS OF AN ALLEGED TERROR PLOT THAT WAS FOILED BY POLICE RAIDS IN TWO AUSTRALIAN CITIES ON THURSDAY:
Attorney-General George Brandis said Australia could have witnessed a local beheading if police had not carried out anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Brisbane.
“If ASIO and the AFP and the Queensland and NSW police had not acted today there is a likelihood this would have happened.”
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said: “The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country. This is not just suspicion, this is intent.”
Prosecutor Michael Allnutt told a Sydney court that one suspect, Omarjan Azari, 22, was accused of plans designed to “shock” and “horrify” the community.
It involved “random selection of persons to rather gruesomely execute”.
NSW Premier Mike Baird delivered a fierce warning to would-be terrorists: “We will hunt you down”.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman urged his state to not let the raids poison relationships in the community.
“If anybody uses what’s happened to vilify any group, any race, any religion, essentially they are playing into the hands of these terror groups. It’s actually helping these groups achieve what they want to achieve.”
Chief of Defence Mark Binskin said security may be increased at bases: “There is no doubt that this terrorist organisation does have global tentacles, and we saw that with the strikes around Sydney today.”
Maverick Liberal senator Cory Bernardi copped flak from both sides of politics after renewing his call to ban the burqa.
“Note burqa wearers in some of the houses raided this morning? This shroud of oppression and flag of fundamentalism is not right in Aust(ralia),” Senator Bernardi tweeted.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described Senator Bernardi’s comment as stupid.”The last thing we need at a time like this are ignorant comments from government MPs that feed prejudice.”
Self-proclaimed Perth sheikh Junaid Thorne condemned the counter-terrorism raids as an attack on Islam and Muslims.
“We ask Allah to destroy those who plot against us and to keep their harm away from us.”