The Federal Government needs to step up its efforts to prevent the terror attacks that killed 130 people and injured more than 500 in Melbourne last year, Treasurer Scott Morrison said.
“I’ve been saying the same thing for a number of years, the Government needs more people to be on our roads, and I think that is the best way to prevent that,” Mr Morrison told ABC Radio Melbourne.
Mr Morrison said the Government would introduce legislation that would ensure police were “on our roads”.
“We are not in a position right now to be able to say we have the ability to prevent terrorism on our highways, but we will be in a place in the future where we will have the capacity to do so,” he said.
Mr Morrison said he wanted to know from the community whether there was a “real fear” about travelling on Australia, and whether they were worried about travelling to other countries.
He said the threat level for a terror attack in Melbourne was “very low”, but that the Government was “still going to be working on it”.
Mr Hockey said the government was “confident” it had the “capability to protect our citizens” in times of crisis.
In an email, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said Mr Morrison’s comments were “a reminder” of how much Australians “need our safety and security to be the cornerstone of our economy”.
He added the Government has a “very strong commitment” to security measures, and that Mr Morrison was “right” to be concerned about the threat posed by terrorists.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the country had “never experienced a greater threat in its history” than during the Victorian bushfires.