Intelligence agencies investigating motives of Bourke Street attacker, says Dutton

Melbourne attacker inspired by Islamic State Australian police

Melbourne attacker inspired by Islamic State Australian police

Hassan Khalif Shire Ali (pictured), who carried out the lone attack on Friday afternoon on Bourke St which shocked the nation, was known to ASIO officials.

Pellegrini's Espresso Bar in Melbourne will re-open today, four days after its co-owner Sisto Malaspina was killed in the terrorist attack outside the premises last Friday.

The enduring cornerstone of Melbourne's CBD closed following Sisto's tragic death, which sparked an outpouring of emotion from Melburnians far and wide, all of whom heaped universal praise on the beloved restauranteur.

Mr Dutton also conceded it was impossible to stop all terrorist attacks in Australia, before going on to defend ASIO - who failed to classify Ali as a high-risk terror threat. He had been born in Somalia, and had come to Australia in the 1990s.

"The judgment made about this individual was that he was not in the planning stage of the attack", Dutton said from Brisbane on Sunday.

TV presenter Julia Zemiro said she often visited Pellegrini's as a Victorian College of the Arts student in the 1990s.

He told the Herald Sun counter-terrorism agencies need thousands more officers to physically watch every suspect, with terrorist numbers seemingly always on the rise.

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"That is why it is important for us to get as much information from the imams, from spouses, from family members, community members, council workers, people that might be interacting with those that might have changed their behaviours, where they think they've been radicalised", he was quoted by AAP as saying. "But here in Australia, we would be kidding ourselves if we did not call out the fact that the greatest threat of religious extremism ... is the radical and unsafe ideology of extremist Islam".

Scott Morrison said Australia "would be kidding ourselves if we did not call out the fact that the greatest threat of religious extremism in this country is the radical and risky ideology of extremist Islam" following Friday's attack.

"In response, Aly told Sky News Morrison's comments were politically desperate" which only divided the community.

"A 74-year-old man lost his life".

"I couldn't see any formal record of mental health issues, but that's not to say there weren't any".

"The WA Police work very closely with our Federal, State and Territory colleagues across the intelligence, national security and police".

Dutton also called on Labor to pass government legislation giving authorities access to encrypted messaging services, a bill which has been criticised by numerous stakeholders as being too broad in execution.

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