Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at a National Countering Violent Extremism Meeting in Canberra. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Work together on extremism threat: PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has implored security agencies to work together to combat the evolving threat of home-grown terror.

Opening a national meeting on countering violent extremism in Canberra on Thursday, Mr Turnbull said the shooting of a NSW police accountant by a 15-year-old showed radicalisation and extremism could be seen in the very young.

“This is a real home grown threat,” he told policing and education officials.

Mr Turnbull said those present must be prepared to experiment and try new approaches.

“Some of you will have tried things that didn’t work,” he said.

“Some of you will have tried things that worked a lot better than you thought.”

There also needed to regular meetings to share experiences, Mr Turnbull said as he told the meeting he was looking forward to its results.

Greg Moriarty, Australia’s first counter-terrorism coordinator who is leading the talks, said agencies need to provide quality intervention programs to stop people who are at risk.

“The most effective defence against terrorism is to prevent people becoming terrorists in the first place,” he said.


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