JIHAD HITS HOME 5 Radicals greatest threat to Australia
he said. “It looks like there was some attempt to light a fire and some materials were there that he was planning to ignite. There were gas cylinders in open position.
“So it wasn’t anything remotely sophisticated … by the fact that it wasn’t effective. The car has basically just caught fire and the fire brigade was able to terminate the fire pretty quickly.”
Police from the Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team – made up of Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation – raided homes at Werribee and Meadow Heights.
Mr Ashton said assessments had been carried out ahead of today’s Remembrance Day event at the Shrine of Remembrance and there would be more police on patrol despite no known threat.
Mr Ashton said the investigation would take some time.
“There are two investigations under way,” he said.
“One is being done by the homicide squad. They are preparing a brief of evidence for the Coroner.
“The Coroner attended the scene (on Friday night) and took a viewing of the scene. That liaison will continue.
“We have spoken to more than 35 witnesses and taken statements to help shape that coronial brief of evidence.”
Mr Ashton said the coun- ter-terrorism was ongoing.
“There are a couple of search warrants under way,” he said. “They will continue for some time. It is a full forensic search. We have been seizing items so they will be subject to investigation by the joint counter terrorism team.
“There could be further warrants based on that and based on investigations which are being conducted.” investigation PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has singled out Islamic extremism as the greatest threat to “our very way of life”.
In an emotional speech following Melbourne’s Bourke Street terror attack, the first terrorist incident under his watch, Mr Morrison (pictured) said: “I’ve got to call it out – radical, violent, extremist Islam that opposes our very way of life.
“I am the first to protect religious freedom in this country, but it also means I must be the first to call out religious extremism. Religious extremism takes many forms around the world, and no religion is immune from it. That is the lesson of history, and sadly modern history as well.
“But here in Australia we would be kidding ourselves if we did not call out the fact that the greatest threat of religious extremism, in this country, is the radical and dangerous ideology of extremist Islam.”
He called on Islamic leaders to weed out the “evil thieves” who “prey on their community, on their vulnerable people, on their children”.
Mr Morrison said: ‘There is a special responsibility on religious leaders to protect their religious communities and ensure dangerous teachings and ideologies do not take root here.’’
He was speaking as a growing number of Government MPs demanded that terror suspects living in Australia on visas be deported to their home country. Liberal MP Jason Wood said yesterday: “Anyone who goes on a watch list should be booted out. We currently do it under the character test for the bikies, we just need to change the legislation to include extremist activities.”
Experts said Mr Morrison’s message was the strongest of any modern Australian leader.
“It’s hard to think of a more hard-line response in calling out Islamist extremism than this,” Australian National University Professor John Blaxland said.
The debate was sparked by the Bourke St attack in which Somali-born Hassan Khalif Shire Ali stabbed three people, killing one of them, after blowing up his ute. Shire Ali was one of 400 people on an ASIO watch list. Authorities had cancelled his passport because of concerns he was planning to fight overseas.
Lowy Institute research fellow Rodger Shanahan said religion and terrorism was a sensitive issue but something that must be acknowledged.
“I think he has decided to call it as it is,” he said of Mr Morrison’s speech.
Islamic Council of Queensland president Ali Kadri said Mr Morrison’s statements were “pretty balanced”.
“Using terms like ‘extremist Islam’ is problematic as is using terms like ‘extreme Christianity’ because Islam is Islam and there is no form of Islam which allows for anyone to murder people randomly,” he
OUTPOURING: Nino Pangrazio, business partner of Sisto Malaspina (both below) embraces a policeman as tributes heap up at their restaurant (below right). Police search Shire Ali’s home yesterday (far left), turning away visitors. CCTV images of the jihadi charging at a security guard (below left). Main picture: Yuri Kouzmin