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What they said about foiled terror plot

AAP logoAAP 23/12/2016

WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT FOILED TERROR PLOT:

"Islamist terrorism is a global challenge that affects us all. But we must not be cowed by the terrorists." - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

"Certainly (there was) potential for quite a number of people to be injured or killed in this attack." - Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton

"Certainly these are we believe self radicalised but certainly inspired by ISIS and ISIS propaganda." - Ashton

"In terms of events that we have seen over the past few years in Australia, this certainly concerns me more than any other event that I've seen." - Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin

"They had moved very quickly from an intention to a capability, and developed capability, including quite progressed plans." - Colvin

"This disruption is amongst the most serious in terms of its intent and in terms of the capability of the people who have been disrupted." - Justice Minister Michael Keenan

"This operation, this successful disruption of what would have been a horrendous attack, an attack that may have caused very significant casualties, is an example of the excellence that they (police) provide to us." - Keenan

"What was planned here ... were not acts of faith. They were in their planning acts of evil." - Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

"I was disgusted by Premier Andrews. After the terrorists were foiled he should have said what this truly was, an act of evil faith." - One Nation leader Pauline Hanson

"What these men are accused of are against the very values that we all hold dear and the ICV strongly condemns any plans and actions to attack innocent civilians and places of worship, especially during this religiously important time of the year for so many in our community including our Christian friends." - Islamic Council of Victoria

"These alleged acts were not acts of faith, ethnicity or culture. They were opposed to the principles of all religions." - Victoria Police Multi-faith Council

"People should feel confident that this is a safe time. The police have neutralised these suspects." - Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville

"We will be alert, but not afraid." - Dean of St Paul's Cathedral Dr Andreas Loewe

"The safety and security of our fans, players and officials attending any cricket match is our number one priority." - Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland

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