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Two more people have been arrested in counter terrorism raids in Sydney this morning and it leaves us asking what we are not being told about the subject of terror on our streets.  Many of the recent terror arrests made, including this one, are shrouded in secrecy and it leaves us asking should we be more concerned than we are day-to-day as we head into the celebration season where crowds line the streets, the stores and the community comes together?

The Government is doing its very best to keep the concern on terrorism to a reasonable level, but a quick look through the National Security website finds the risk of terrorist activity in Australia remains “probable”.

“The National Terrorism Threat Level for Australia is PROBABLE. Credible intelligence, assessed by our security agencies indicates that individuals or groups have developed both the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia. The public should continue to exercise caution and report any suspicious incidents to the National Security Hotline by calling 1800 1234 00. Life-threatening situations should be reported to the police by calling Triple Zero (000).

We must maintain vigilance in the face of an escalating global terrorist threat that continues to affect Australia. This multifaceted threat was the reason the Commonwealth Government took the unprecedented step of raising the national terrorism threat level in September 2014. The factors that underpinned that decision persist, and some have worsened. Those who wish to do us harm, some located here and some overseas, continue to view Australia as a legitimate target.”

The NSW Police Commissioner says there was no specific threat to the community from today’s arrests but suggested the two men had discussed a naval base as a target.  She said that police investigation that saw them search one of the men’s houses earlier this month has disrupted a planned terrorism plot and that they were planning a “similar type of attack that happened at Parramatta police headquarters”.

Thirteen arrests have now been made under Operation Appleby, a police operation that has been focussed on a group of approximately 20 people they allege are committed to carrying out a terror attack in Australia according to the ABC.

Deputy Commissioner Burn said the operation had a been complex, long-standing investigation into alleged terrorism plots to conduct an attack in NSW.

“Since that time we have conducted a number of investigative strategies and this has resulted in us arresting and charging 11 people with terrorism offences and related offences in regards to this alleged terrorist attack,” she said.

“Today we have conducted a further two arrests, which brings this to a total of 13 people we will have brought before the court under Operation Appleby.”

Do you feel concerned about terror threats and the risk of them over the Christmas period?

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Concerned but not living in fear. I have said before that if there is a bullet or a bomb out there with my name on it, its my time to go.
    I would appreciate it though if it was painless and not horrible.

  2. No, it seems those with the responsibility are doing their jobs properly, keep up the good work one and all.

  3. Hard to know as we haven’t been told anything, although I expect the authorities need to keep things under wraps under the circumstances 🌸

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  4. If it happens it happens, but I’m not going to loose any sleep over it until I have something concrete to worry about.

  5. I thank those people who work tirelessly and secretly to stop the murdering fanatics. I can’t understand why anyone known to be connected to these conspiracies are allowed to live in this country for one minute let alone long enough to be tracked and cases proven.

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  6. I am like everyone concerned but we don’t know the facts yet and if you live in fear the terrorists have won, that is what they want. The Police and ASIO have done their jobs very well in apprehending them

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    • Also we dont really need to know the facts prior to arrests. Imagine if we did? There would be community fear. Totally agree that if we live in fear the terrorists have won. Happy Christmas Libbi.

    • I agree with you both. None of us should live in fear, it holds you back from living your real life. The police are doing a great job, it’s the court system that’s the worry!!!!!

  7. I’m sure most people would have to be concerned, however I refuse to live in fear and therefore continue doing what I would usually be doing. Unfortunately there are already to many people who are living in fear and I think that is far more dangerous than going about your daily business as usual, as some of them are inciting hate directed at the wrong people.

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  8. It’s a worry for the world but I’m not
    Going to let it take over my life at
    74years I’ve found that what will
    Be will be i love my county and
    Trust the people who live in it
    We will get though what ever we
    Have to together 💝💝💝

  9. We have the biggest know Great White in the world in our waters her name is Joan of Fish, I think you would have more chance of being eaten by Joan or one of friends, than being caught up in a terrorist attack, trust our Law enforcement..I do

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