I condemn the act of terrorism in Melbourne today that has tragically taken the life of a fellow Australian who has died as a result of this evil and cowardly attack.
I have been briefed together with the Minister for Home Affairs by our law enforcement and security agencies this evening and an investigation by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team is underway, led by the Victorian Police.
Victorian Police have advised there is no ongoing threat.
However, the investigation will continue.
Australians will never be intimidated by these appalling attacks and we will continue to go about our lives and enjoy the freedoms that the terrorists detest.