Counter-terrorism Measures

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SubjectsMotor Vehicles; Police: New South Wales; Terrorism; Vandalism
SpeakersIemma Mr Morris; Debnam Mr Peter
BusinessMinisterial Statement

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    Ministerial Statement

    Mr MORRIS IEMMA (Lakemba—Premier, Treasurer, and Minister for Citizenship) [2.26 p.m.]: I am advised that this morning, as part of Federal and New South Wales police operations, a target vehicle was located in Northam Avenue, Bankstown. I am further advised that the vehicle has been partly torched, and that it may contain items that could be of interest to authorities as part of their ongoing investigations. I am further advised that hazmat and bomb squad officers attended the scene. The vehicle has been taken to an undisclosed location for further forensic examination. I am unable to make any further comment about this ongoing operational matter, and the incident follows the events in Melbourne and Sydney earlier this week. I place on the record my congratulations to the police and other agencies involved on their ongoing efforts. I conclude my ministerial statement by advising that our thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured in the Oman, Jordan, bombings in which three suicide bombers this morning claimed 57 lives. It is another sobering reminder of our need to be vigilant and determined in our fight against international terrorists.

    Mr PETER DEBNAM (Vaucluse—Leader of the Opposition) [2.27 p.m.]: As I said earlier in the week, in relation to terrorism and counter-terrorism this House speaks as one. We endorse the words of the Premier on the actions of State and Federal police. Our thoughts and prayers are once again with the families of people who have been killed or injured as a result of terrorism.