Ter­ror threat real: union

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

WA Po­lice Union pres­i­dent Ge­orge Til­bury says the dan­gers of home­grown ter­ror­ism are real and some peo­ple have their “heads stuck in the sand” about the re­al­i­ties of an at­tack in WA.

“Iso­la­tion is no longer our saviour. We are now liv­ing in a chang­ing world and face new dan­gers which re­quire in­no­va­tive and im­me­di­ate changes to pro­tect po­lice of­fi­cers and the com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mr Til­bury re­cently joined lead­ers of ev­ery po­lice union in Aus­tralia to show united sup­port for calls from the Po­lice Fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia (PFA) for smarter polic­ing, in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing and shar­ing through a tech­no­log­i­cal ini­tia­tives.

He said the ini­tia- tives would help im­ple­ment the ICE Task­force rec­om­men­da­tions, track il­le­gal firearms, pro­vide a na­tional data col­lec­tion point for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents and or­ders and tackle se­ri­ous and or­gan­ised crime.

“WAPU sup­ports the PFA's ini­tia­tives and im­plores all gov­ern­ments, state and fed­eral, to lis­ten to our col­lec­tive con­cerns and make changes to pro­tect our Aus­tralian way of life,” he said.

The Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment wel­comed the calls. Min­is­ter As­sist­ing the Prime Min­is­ter on Coun­terT­er­ror­ism Michael Keenan said Aus­tralia was fac­ing its most sig­nif­i­cant threat from ter­ror­ism and law en­force­ment agen­cies were the best in the world at not only man­ag­ing that threat but tack­ling the very real dan­gers for their mem­bers.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has pro­vided law en­force­ment with $630 mil­lion to counter ter­ror­ism, part of a $1.3 bil­lion in­vest­ment since the ter­ror threat level was raised to high in Au­gust last year.

“We have also in­tro­duced four of a pro­posed five tranches of leg­is­la­tion to strengthen our agen­cies’ abil­ity to act swiftly in the face of ter­ror,” Mr Keenan said.

Those four tranches are a na­tional crim­i­nal in­tel­li­gence sys­tem, pub­lic safety mobile broad­band, un­ex­plained wealth and a na­tional case man­age­ment sys­tem.

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