WATCH: CCTV footage of fiery attack on police station

FEDERAL Attorney-General George Brandis has called for calm, warning people to stop assuming every act of public violence in Australia is terror-related.

Mr Brandis made the comments after controversial MP George Christensen claimed on social media that a man who lit his car alight at a NSW police station was an extremist.  

"From what police can determine there is no reason to believe that the event at the Merrylands Police Station last night was a terrorist event and it's important to bear this in mind," Mr Brandis told the ABC a short while ago.

"Not every act of violence, even a pre-meditated or carefully planned act of violence, is an act of terrorism."

George Christensen backs down on police fire 'terror' claim

A CONTROVERSIAL politician has backed down on terror comments he made about a deliberately lit fire at a NSW police station last night.

NSW police will this morning address speculation that a man was planning to blow up Merrylands Police Station when he drove his car into the building's parking area before setting it alight.

Police removed two gas bottles from the vehicle as the 60-year-old driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police denied the incident was terror related, forcing maverick Nationals MP George Christensen to back-track on comments he made shortly after the event that linked it to extremism.

"The same police station had received terror threats by radical Islamists last year," the member for Dawson wrote on Facebook yesterday evening.

""I wonder how quickly some idiot is going to inanely say this has nothing to do with Islam or talk about a religion of peace or blame those who oppose radical Islam or even Australia as a whole for marginalising some 'disaffected youth'.

"How about for once we talk about the problem at hand: the ideology of radical Islamism and its adherents and what we, as a nation, are going to do about it,."

As more details emerged about the fire, Mr Christensen  - who has defended fellow MP Pauline Hanson's anti-immigration stance  - back-pedaled on his original comments.

"New reports in state that surprisingly for Merrylands, this incident may not have been a terrorist attack as the ABC originally reported it to be," he said.

"News is still rolling in, so we will see."

But then he renewed his attack on "radical Islam", the "Left" and the "political and media elite".

"But the point I make in this post is not lost - why is it every time there is a terror attack (here or overseas) we get the same platitudes from the Left and the political & media elite.

"I say again: we need to discuss the rise of radical Islam within Australia and the threat it poses to national security.

"More so, we need to work out what we do about it."

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford told media last night that some of his officers saw the man in the station's driveway around 7pm.

He said police approached the vehicle and that's when the fire started.

The  man then drove  the parking area's driveway, colliding with the roller door.

"He was unconscious for some time, police extinguished the flames and extricated the person from the vehicle," Assistant Commissioner Clifford said.

"It happened very quickly, the officer approached the vehicle.

"That's when he, possibly, ignited some sort of accelerant in the car and then drove down the driveway to the roller shutter door." - ARM NEWSDESK

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