Victoria police prioritised Isis threat over rightwing extremism until Christchurch attack

Victoria police prioritised Isis threat over rightwing extremism until Christchurch attack

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Online presence of rightwing extremists like Christchurch shooter was not ‘front of mind’, state’s top counter-terrorism officer says

Police in Victoria admit a focus on Isis-inspired terrorism meant the online presence of rightwing extremists such as Brenton Tarrant was not “front of mind” before the Christchurch massacre.

But national security agencies are now better placed to monitor rightwing extremists, the Victoria police deputy commissioner Ross Guenther said, while warning that individuals, rather than groups, remained the main threat.

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