‘We will continue to enjoy freedoms the terrorists detest’
PRIME Minister Scott Morrison was last night rushed into an emergency briefing in the wake of the Bourke St terror attack.
Mr Morrison was joined by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton at the briefing, which was attended by intelligence officers and the counter-terrorism unit.
After the meeting, Mr Morrison released a statement saying: “Australians will never be intimidated by these appalling attacks.”
“I condemn the act of terrorism in Melbourne today that has tragically taken the life of a fellow Australian who had died as result of this evil and cowardly attack,” Mr Morrison said.
“I have been briefed … and an investigation by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team is under way.”
The PM also praised the actions of police, who fought with the terrorist before shooting him.
“I praise the bravery of the police who were on the scene and took action, and those who selflessly came to the assistance of the injured and provided comfort to the distressed,” he said.
“We will continue to go about our lives and enjoy the freedoms that the terrorists detest.”
Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten also praised police officers on scene and the people of Melbourne. “When evil attacks our city, Melbourne stands together,” he said.
The investigation is being led by Victoria Police’s Joint Counter-Terrorism Unit, with co-operation from both federal and state agencies.
“Victoria Police have advised there is no ongoing threat,” Mr Morrison said.
The Prime Minister said that he had spoken to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Mr Shorten prior to releasing the statement.