Terrorist attack in Australia "inevitable": MP

Terrorist attack in Australia "inevitable": MP

SYDNEY, July 15 (Xinhua) -- A terrorist attack on Australian soil is inevitable and the chance of it happening is "accelerating ", according to a senior member of parliament's intelligence and security committee, local media reported on Tuesday.

Labor MP Anthony Byrne, requesting for more power on the country's spy agencies, told the Daily Telegraph that an attack on Australia like the 2002 Bali bombing, which claimed the lives of 202 people, was not only possible but now probable.

He said there was a "deep concern that eventually and inevitably in this country, an event will occur on this soil ... on the magnitude of a Bali event or just a terrorist event".

"That event will be there to cause immense damage to the psyche of the Australian community. That will be its purpose, its intent".

"I don't want to be part of a parliament that reacts to an event. I want to be part of a parliament that puts laws in place to prevent that event," he said.

The Attorney-General George Brandis will soon meet with the heads of all the spy agencies before introducing new legislation to grant new powers to Australia's Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).