Turnbull outlines Australia’s security status, calls for calm

Turnbull outlines Australia’s security status, calls for calm

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for calm and unity, naming these attributes as the key ways of combating terror in Australia, but he has confirmed if Australia is asked it will send more troops to the Middle East.

Mr Turnbull has delivered his first national security speech to parliament today, in the wake of the Paris terror attacks on November 13.

He has called on Australia to remain calm in the wake of the attacks and not allow anger to incite hatred.

“We should grieve and we should be angry, but we must not let grief or anger cloud our judgement,” he said.

“Our response must be as clear-eyed and strategic as it is determined.”

“This is not a time for gestures or machismo. Calm, clinical, professional, effective – that’s how we defeat this menace.”

Mr Turnbull also emphasised the strength of multicultural societies as pivotal.

“We will defeat these terrorists,” he said.

“We should grieve and we should be angry, but we must not let grief or anger cloud our judgement,” – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“And the strongest weapons we bring to this battle are ourselves, our values, our way of life.

“Our unity mocks their attempts to divide us. Our freedom under law mocks their cruel tyranny.

“Our mutual respect mocks their bitter intolerance.

“And the strength of our free people will see off these thugs and tyrants as it has seen off so many of their kind before.”

He also hinted that to overreach militarily would play into the Islamic State’s hands as it sought to fuel Muslim resentment against the West.

“Strategically, ISIL wants to create division by fomenting resentment between non-Muslim populations and Muslims.”

But he has confirmed while Australia’s current troop numbers will remain the same, the government will send more to Iraq and Syria if asked.

Mr Turnbull also used the speech to announce Australia will this week move to a new five tier threat advisory system, which is aimed at providing the public with more information of the nature of the threat Australia is facing.

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