QUEENS­LAND ELEC­TION Polic­ing ter­ror threat

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ised by the LNP yes­ter­day.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Mark Ryan said the new unit was vi­tal based on the chang­ing ter­ror threat.

“While there is cur­rently no spe­cific threat to Queens­land we have to be re­al­is­tic about the risk of ter­ror­ism and en­sure the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice has ev­ery re­source they need to main­tain an ad­van­tage over those who would harm us,” he said.

“Preven­tion is the first line of de­fence which is why it is so im­por­tant that the front­line of­fi­cers of the SCTC are ad­e­quately sup­ported by the team of ex­perts and led by their own ded­i­cated As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner.”

Cairns is al­ready a base for one of Queens­land’s two Spe­cial Emer­gency Re­sponse Team, al­though the Cairns Post un­der­stands the new unit will op­er­ate separately.

In the LNP’s polic­ing an­nounce­ment there was no de­tail of where the of­fi­cers would be sent to.

LNP’s at­tor­ney-gen­eral spokesman Ian Walker said in Cairns yes­ter­day, while ter­ror­ism was a ma­jor is­sue, it would be up to Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ian Ste­wart how to use the ex­tra of­fi­cers

Pic­ture: JUSTIN BRIERTY

CLASS ACT: An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk vis­ited Edge Hill State School with Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Kate Jones, Bar­ron River MP Craig Craw­ford and ALP can­di­dates Cyn­thia Lui and Michael Healy. What are the key is­sues for you this elec­tion?

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