Media Release

15 October 2015

Pesutto: Daniel Andrews says Victorians have to accept violent extremism in Australia

Thursday 15 October 2015

 

Daniel Andrews says Victorians have to accept violent extremism in Australia

Background

While discussing terrorism in Australia today, Daniel Andrews told media:

“We all of us as Victorians and indeed Australians have to accept that violent extremism is part of a contemporary Australia.”

 

Comments from the Shadow Attorney General John Pesutto:

One of the principal functions of government is to protect its citizens.

Daniel Andrews by his comments today appears to be waving a white flag and saying to Australians that they should accept violent extremism as a part of Australian life.

Victorians should not have to accept that violent extremism is here to stay.  Victorians expect and deserve a government that aspires to a safe and tolerant community.

To suggest that ‘violent extremism is part of contemporary Australia’ shows a defeatist attitude and a complete lack of leadership.