A Labor politician has claimed terror plot raids in Sydney were staged to boost Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's poor approval ratings.
Four men, including two Lebanese-Australian father-and-son duos, were arrested on Saturday, following raids on four homes in Surry Hills, Lakemba, Punchbowl and Wiley Park.
They stand accused of plotting to bring down a passenger plane with a homemade bomb disguised as a kitchen mincer, but Northern Territory Labor MP Sandra Nelson still saw a conspiracy.
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Labor MP Sandra Nelson says terror plot raids are part of a plot to help PM Malcolm Turnbull
The first-term member for Katherine saw a link between the raids and the government's polling
Despite the arrest of this man in Surry Hills, a Labor MP still saw a political conspiracy
'Polling for LNP not good. Therefore we now have a 'terrorist attack'. How convenient,' she tweeted about his Liberal-National Party government.
The first-term left-faction Labor MP, who won her seat of Katherine last year by just 33 votes, was panned on her Twitter page.
'What a stupid thing to say... are you saying the ongoing issue is not real? That's extraordinary from an elected politician,' one man said.
Another man wondered if Ms Nelson's downplaying of the terror threat was linked with several state Labor branches moving motions to give unconditional recognition to Palestine.
Several men asked if Sandra Nelson's comments were appropriate for a member of parliament
Labor MP Sandra Nelson later clarified on Twitter her message was a