The Prime Minister delivered has delivered a national security address in Parliament today, outlining his plans to tackle the global terrorist threat posed by groups like ISIS.
“When innocent people are dying at the hands of violent extremists, no matter where in the world this is happening, hard questions are asked of societies like out own,” he began.
“For all freedom-loving nations the message could not be clearer: if we want to preserve the values that underpin our open democratic societies, we will have to work resolutely with each other to defend and protect the freedoms we hold dear.”
He again offered his condolences to the victims of the Paris attacks and their families and while conceding that a terrorist attack in Australia remained likely, our response must be “clear-eyed and strategic”.
“We should grieve and we should be angry, but we must not let grief or anger cloud our judgement,” he said.
“This is not a time for gestures of machismo; calm, clinical, professional, effective, that’s how we defeat this menace.”