The Australian government has confirmed the nation will remain on high terror alert until the next Federal election.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the announcement after groups of suspected terrorists were arrested in raids in Brisbane and Sydney.
Mr Abbott said that extending the high terror alert until the next election was “a precautionary measure” that would ensure people thought carefully when casting their votes in 2016.
“We don’t want everyone to panic,” said the Prime Minister.
“The only people who should be worried are the terrorists.”
“And the non-terrorists who are scared of terrorists.”
“And anybody who thinks the Labor Party can deal with Australia’s state of high terror alert better than my Coalition government.”
Mr Abbott said he would continue to monitor the unfolding terror crisis from his new headquarters in Arnhem Land.
He promised to rejoin Australians when it was safe to do so.
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