‘We will con­tinue to en­joy free­doms the ter­ror­ists de­test’

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - ROBERT FARNAN

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.

Mr Mor­ri­son.

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