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Tough gun laws make Paris-style attack ‘unlikely’

AUSTRALIA'S tough gun laws would make a Paris-style terrorist attack on domestic shores very unlikely, according to Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan.

Mr Keenan said the government's ability to monitor immigration gave it an advantage over European nations gripped in floods of asylum seekers crossing national borders.

He agreed the terror threat remained high, but said Australia's accepting culture worked in its favour.

"We manage our diversity in Australia better than anywhere in the world and part of our process of going through and strengthening our anti-terror laws has been that reassurance to the Muslim community and working very closely with them," he told Sky News.

"It would be very hard to get those sorts of weapons here in Australia because of our very robust gun laws."

Mr Keenan said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull remained as committed to fighting terrorism as his predecessor, Tony Abbott.



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