The Australian newspaper's edition detailing Tuesday morning's terror raids was available in Melbourne from 1.30am yesterday, putting the lie to claims that the paper could not have compromised a police operation to arrest a suspected terrorist cell operating in the Melbourne suburbs.

The Victoria Police Commissioner, Simon Overland, claimed both his men and the operation to arrest the suspected terrorists were put in a situation of “unacceptable risk” by the story, entitled 'Army Base Terror Plot Foiled' on the front page of The Australian’s second edition, yesterday. Overland claimed that the paper was available advance of the raids across several northern Melbourne suburbs at about 4.30am.