Prime Minister Tony Abbott is trying to shore up his leadership by scaring the community and pressing the terror button, says Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.
"We've got a Prime Minister who is so desperate that he is trying to press the terror button in order to shore up his own position. It won't make us safer," Senator Milne said.
"He's fanning flames of fear, anxiety, difference and division, because it's about the only thing that can distract from those same problems within his own party.
"Real leadership will bring people together, not divide them.