Townsville tar­get for ter­ror­ism

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

SHADOW Po­lice Min­is­ter Tim Man­der would not deny that Townsville’s gar­ri­son base could be tar­geted dur­ing a ter­ror­ism at­tack.

Speak­ing in Townsville yes­ter­day, Mr Man­der said ev­ery re­gional city along the coast needed to re­main vig­i­lant.

It comes af­ter the Lib­eral Na­tional Party an­nounced their ter­ror­ism pol­icy at the week­end which would give Queens­land po­lice the power to de­tain ter­ror sus­pects for up to 28 days with­out be­ing charged. If elected, the LNP would also strengthen bail laws to in­clude a pre­sump­tion against bail for some­one who had been charged with a ter­ror­ism- re­lated of­fence or who is known to have links.

A ded­i­cated Min­is­ter for Counter- Ter­ror­ism would also be cre­ated.

When asked whether Townsville’s gar­ri­son base could be tar­geted dur­ing an at­tack, Mr Man­der said every­one should be vig­i­lant.

“Un­for­tu­nately we’re see­ing that these ter­ror­ism in­ci­dents have hit our shores,” he said.

“We need to re­main vig­i­lant right across the coun­try.

“Townsville is no dif­fer­ent to Bris­bane which is no dif­fer­ent from Syd­ney.”

Mr Man­der said Queens­land needed to con­stantly be alert about the ter­ror­ism threat to our coun­try.

STAY VIG­I­LANT: Tim Man­der.

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