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     5   Terrorism

Mr Christensen, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        notes the threat of violent extremism to Australian society;


(2)        further notes the:

(a)        acts of terrorism committed by violent extremists within Australia against Australians;

(b)        specific terrorism incidents:

                                                   (i)       the attack on police officers at Endeavour Hills Police Station in 2014;

                                                 (ii)       the siege at Sydney’ Martin Place which resulted in the death of two Australians; and

                                               (iii)       most recently the murder of Mr Curtis Cheng at Parramatta Police Station; and

(c)        significant number of ISIL recruits coming from Australia;

(3)        commends the Australian police forces for their efforts in countering terrorism;

(4)        notes the numerous acts of terror which have been prevented because of police efforts, in particular the:

(a)        attempt by the ‘Sydney Five’ to commit acts of terrorism in the city of Sydney in 2005;

(b)        Benbrika Group’s planned bombing of various sporting events in 2005 and 2006 as well as a plot to assassinate former Prime Minister the Hon. John Howard; and

(c)        2009 plot to storm the Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney;

(5)        praises the Prime Minister for his statement in response to the recent terrorism incident in Parramatta, that it is not compulsory to live in Australia and if one finds Australian values unpalatable then ‘there’s a big wide world out there and people have got freedom of movement’; and

(6)        calls for continued action in countering violent extremism and in particular, radical Islam within Australia in order to prevent further acts of terrorism within our borders.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.