‘There is a fifth column in our midst’

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Bronwyn Bishop has called on the government to act against Islamic jihadists hiding in our communities.

Ms Bishop, who served as an elected representative for almost 30 years, described extremists who seek to destroy Australia from within as a ‘fifth column’.

Pointing to terror plots and attacks in Sydney, London and Barcelona, she criticised the response of governments and accused them of appeasement.