Townsville target for terrorism
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.