Attacks in Australia 'unsophisticated' compared to Paris

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says the threat of a terrorist attack on home soil is a very real possibility.

He said the two attacks to date in Australia were grassroots and unsophisticated.

Mr Abbott's comments on Friday came in response to the Paris terror attack earlier this week in which three Islamic gunmen stormed the offices of weekly satire newspaper Charlie Hebdo and murdered 12 people and injured 15 others.

"We had the Martin Place siege and earlier we had the attack on two policemen in Victoria," Mr Abbott said.

"What we are seeing is a range of different terrorist operations.

"The attack in Paris was relatively sophisticated.

"The attacks in Australia have been relatively unsophisticated, but whether these are, if you like, grassroots terrorism or whether they are organisational terrorism, the fact is it is still a terrorist attack on us, on our way of life."

Mr Abbott said threat of terrorism should not change the way Australians go about their daily lives - if we changed, the terrorists had won.

"The sad truth of the modern era is that there are people who hate us, not because of anything that we have done, but because of who we are and the way we live," he said.

"They hate our tolerance, our pluralism, the welcome that we provide to all sorts of minorities.

"It is an essential part of Western civilisation and it is the thing about us that these people absolutely hate."