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STEVE CANNANE, PRESENTER: The Prime Minister Tony Abbott will hold talks with Islamic leaders in Melbourne tomorrow to try and ease fears over proposed anti-terror laws.

Today he was in Sydney speaking to key community groups, including Australia's top Muslim leader, the Grand Mufti.

There's deep unease among Muslim Australians about how tough new measures, including a crackdown on travel to war zones, will affect them.

The Government maintains home-grown terrorism remains a threat.

TONY ABBOTT, PRIME MINISTER: Everyone has got to be on Team Australia. Everyone has got to put this country, its interests, its values and its people first, and you don't migrate to this country unless you want to join our team.

KEYSAR TRAD, ISLAMIC FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION: We don't want to see the actions of a few lunatics to be used to take away our hard-earned civil liberties as a nation. I think our civil liberties are very, very important and we can deal with those lunatics without giving away our presumption of innocence.

STEVE CANNANE: Recently ASIO's outgoing director-general David Irvine praised Muslim leaders for confronting radicalism and conceded the agency needed to recruit more Muslim officers.