AUSTRALIANS will have to put up with inconvenience and tougher security for “some time to come” as the world tackles terrorism, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned.
Parliament resumed for a two-week sitting today just days after police mounted the country’s largest anti-terrorist operation.
While most of those detained have now been released without charge, one Sydney man faces a charge of conspiring with Islamic State extremists to kidnap a random person and conduct a beheading on camera.
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Mr Abbott told parliament such operations, as well as the introduction of new security measures at airports and new counter-terrorism laws, were necessary to deal with the extremists.
“Regrettably, for some time to come, Australians will have to endure more security than we’re used to, and more inconvenience than we would like,” he said.
“For some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift … so that there can be more protection.”
One of the inconveniences will be biometric screening to be introduced at international airports by late 2015.
Labor and the government are also in talks to amend proposed counter-terrorism laws.
Mr Abbott will travel to New York on Tuesday night for talks at the United Nations on tackling IS and other extremist groups.
On his return, cabinet will consider the use of Australian military force to mount air strikes and provide advice to Iraqi forces.
Parliament House security was stepped up as MPs and senators returned to Canberra, with armed police patrolling the building and the ministerial wing locked down.