I have never met a terrorist.
Or, at least, I don't think I have. It's been so long since I've had to be alert but not alarmed.
Terrorism has changed the world and Australia is not immune, but the way of life which we value so highly must go on. We are friendly, decent, democratic people and we are going to stay that way. Our security agencies have been upgraded and are ready to detect, prevent and respond to terrorism. All of us can play a part by keeping an eye out for anything suspicious.
Over the coming weeks the Commonwealth Government will be providing us with more information on how we can work together to protect our way of life.
Be alert but not alarmed. Together, let's look after Australia. Voice or no voice, we can always be brought to the bidding of our leaders. It's easy. All they have to do is tell us we are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country...
Be alert but not alarmed. Seriously. If the world in 2014 starts looking like the world in 2001-2003, be very bloody alert. And don't get distracted. Stay focused.
Love or fear. Love or fear. Love or fear...