More than 75% Australians fearful of large-scale terror attack

A new survey has revealed more than three quarters of Australians are living in fear of a large-scale terror attack on our shores.

Seventy-six percent of people surveyed believe that an attack, similar to those seen in Paris recently, is likely, very likely or inevitable. Just one percent of respondents believe it will never happen.

The Newspoll, published in The Australian today, showed that two thirds of Australians believe that the Muslim community is not doing enough to condemn recent terror attacks.


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The poll also revealed that Australians are divided on whether more of our troops should be deployed to Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State. Of the 1573 people polled, 42 percent were in in favour, 45 percent opposed and 13 percent uncommitted. Forty-four percent said Australia should take fewer than the 12,000 Syrian refugees the government has committed to take in.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will hold a meeting with the National Security Committee today after he arrived back from an international trip. High on the agenda will be Australia’s policy in the Middle East, with Mr Turnbull under pressure to take a tougher stance on terror.

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