/ 30 April 2021

Terror attack in Oz expected within a year

We don’t mean to alarm you, but that’s what ASIO’s Mike Burgess says he expects. Speaking yesterday to a Senate inquiry into extremism in Australia, he said while Sunni Islamic groups remain the main threat, the growth in right-wing extremism is cause for concern. And by growth, it’s gone from 16 to 40% of the agency’s domestic terror-related workload over the past 3 years. “Given the growth we’ve seen in nationalist and racist violent extremism, we anticipate there will be a terrorist attack in this country in the next 12 months,” he said. The rise of right-wing fanatics is something Burgess flagged in February last year. Time to dust off our ‘be alert, not alarmed’ posture?

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