Crime

Justice Minister urges Aussies to attend Anzac services

Justice Minister Michael Keenan has urged Australians to attend Anzac Day parades across the country despite police having uncovered terror attack plans in Sydney.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested yesterday and charged with one count of preparing for or planning an act of terrorism linked with the Anzac Day Service.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Mr Keenan said authorities were doing everything they could to ensure people attending Anzac Day services were safe.

“We have invested $1.3 billion in our police, Australian Crime Commission, intelligence committee and other agencies that work to keep us safe from terrorism,” he said.

“I encourage all Australians to embrace the spirit of Anzac Day and go about participating in today’s usual activities.”

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said officers were working to ensure the public was kept safe from terrorists.

“At this stage, we believe it was one person by himself,”he said.

The boy was arrested on Sunday near his home in Auburn. He will appear in court today.

Returned and Services League WA media and marketing manager John Arthur said there was always plenty of security at the dawn service and the parade.

“There is always appropriate security measures in place and the area is fully monitored with CCTV camera’s at all times,” he said.

The RSL estimated 40,000 people attended this morning’s dawn service in Perth.

Anyone who notices suspicious acitivity is asked to call the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.

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