Statement from Commissioner Stewart regarding terrorism

Following the charging of two men in Sydney for terrorism-related offences, Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has today moved to reassure the community that there remains no specific threat to Queensland.

Commissioner Stewart said partner agencies had kept the Queensland Police Service (QPS) regularly updated throughout the ongoing counter-terrorism operation.

“We have all been concerned and disturbed at what our interstate and federal colleagues have uncovered in Sydney, but I want to stress that this thorough investigation has been confined to NSW and there is no connection to Queensland,” Commissioner Stewart said.

“At no time has this investigation identified any threat to Queensland, nor have there been any links established between the New South Wales persons of interest and anyone in Queensland.

“Despite this, the safety of all Queenslanders is my top priority and today is a timely reminder that while there is no need to be alarmed, it is important to be vigilant.

“The QPS very much values the strong partnerships we have with the community and I want to urge people to continue to work with us and pass information onto us to help keep everyone safe.

“Be vigilant, be aware and comfortable that if you do see or hear something suspicious that you can call the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by visiting your local police.”

The Commonwealth Government yesterday lowered the terror threat level posed to Australia’s aviation industy.

Australia’s National Terrorism Threat Level remains at probable.

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