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The head of the Australian Federal Police, Tony Negus, says terrorism is a continuing threat, with
many disillusioned members of Australian society susceptible to extremist views. The AFP is also
being briefed by its British colleagues on the London riots so it can anticipate and plan for any
similar unrest here.

TONY EASTLEY: The head of Australia Federal Police says people must remain vigilant to the threat
of terrorism.

AFP Commissioner Tony Negus has revealed authorities here are also concerned about the possibility
of widespread civil unrest, similar to that seen in the streets of London recently.

From Canberra, Andrew Greene reports.

ANDREW GREENE: As the world commemorates the worst terror attack in history, Australia's highest
ranking police officer says he hopes people here reflect on two things - the victims of the past
decade and the continuing threat.

TONY NEGUS: Don't think that because it happened ten years ago then all this stuff is in the past.

These things can happen in Australia. We do have a number of people working full-time on these
roles and we need the community's support to make sure that they work with us to prevent whatever
attacks might take place here.

ANDREW GREENE: Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus says in 2011 Australia's main vulnerability
remains home-grown terror threats. And he says, those threats aren't confined to extremist members
of the Islamic community.

TONY NEGUS: There are a range of different communities who are feeling um, somewhat left out - and
this is a very broad question for government in many ways, and the social issues attached to this,
education issues and welfare and a range of other things.

But from our perspective, we just need to make sure that people understand there is a way to report
this activity and we can help intervene, and help people get back on track.

ANDREW GREENE: Commissioner Negus won't specify which sections of society but says events overseas
reflect police concerns.

TONY NEGUS: I wouldn't want to profile particular groups but there are young people in this country
who are feeling disassociated with what's happening in a broader sense. And I think that we saw
some of that with the Cronulla riots many years ago where people have come together, and we've seen
just recently in London with the riots over there.

I think we've all got to be very careful and examine very carefully as a society what that means
for Australia, and what we can do to prevent such actions happening here.

ANDREW GREENE: To that effect, the Australian Federal Police has sought formal briefings from
British colleagues, to see if the London riots have any possible implications for Australia.

TONY NEGUS: We've got a liaison officer based in London working with the Metropolitan Police and
I've certainly asked that he participate in debriefs in that country and provide whatever
information they can back to us.

I've spoken to the Prime Minister personally about this. It's something she has a great interest in
and we'll be doing our best to contribute to that whole of Government response to make sure that
we're appropriately ready here in Australia to prevent these things.

ANDREW GREENE: The AFP Commissioner says it's too early to nominate any possible solutions.

TONY NEGUS: There's a myriad of issues which I think can contribute to a circumstance like that,
and I think law enforcement's only one part of that.

But certainly from my perspective, I'll be providing the Government with advice on that and once we
review what's happening in that country as far as the Metropolitan Police go we're happy to provide
that material to the Government.

TONY EASTLEY: AFP Commissioner Tony Negus ending Andrew Greene's report.