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02 November 2006

Home grown terrorists 'a serious problem in Aust'

medium_r84689_247671.jpgThe head of the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has revealed his surprise at the number of Australians seeking to carry out

terrorist attacks.

ASIO director-general Paul O'Sullivan spoke last night at the National Press Club in Canberra.

He was asked if he was surprised when he started in the job by the number of young Australians moving overseas to receive terrorism training before returning home.

"The answer to the question is that I was surprised to see that we do have a serious problem in Australia," he said.

"One possibility is that people come here self-contained intending to do harm, a second possibility is that people come here and recruit locally as it were and put together a sort of partly external and partly domestic scenario, and then the third possibility the one you're alluding to is where people are home-grown and I think it does come as something of a shock to see that there are home-grown people who would like to do harm in this country."


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