Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews says the Morrison government has “never ever lost sight” of the many challenges in terms of Australia’s national security.
“We understand that national security is absolutely essential to our plan to grow the Australian economy, particularly following COVID-19, you actually can’t have one without the other,” Ms Andrews said.
She said the federal government understands “very clearly” the world is changing.
“Sadly, the threat of terrorism and violent extremism is very, very real. Our national terrorism threat level has remained at probable since September 2014.
“Our government has invested over $69 million in funding to counter violent extremism since 2013.
“The Morrison government will always focus on national security and protecting the Australian way of life from those who would seek to do us harm.”