Don’t take free­dom for granted

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

HOW fantastic to see our city so alive right now. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Townsville City Coun­cil and all in­volved with the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val of Cham­ber Mu­sic.

Ev­ery­where in the city, for­eign ac­cents, pop- up art shops, a punk- haired flute player prac­tis­ing un­der the fig trees, peo­ple play­ing and sing­ing spon­ta­neously around the pink piano, laugh­ter, chil­dren and the mes­meris­ing lights of 31 art in­stal­la­tions.

Don’t miss Dance North and the Urab Dancers from Po­ruma Is­land in the Tor­res Strait’s free per­for­mance on the sand ev­ery night from 6.30- 8.30 – spec­tac­u­lar.

One Perth cou­ple said it was their ninth time to AFCM, an older English cou­ple said it was by far the best cham­ber mu­sic event – in the world!

Townsvil­leans should en­sure they don’t miss the en­ergy and vi­tal­ity that is in abun­dance right now around our beau­ti­ful city. JOANNE KEUNE,

Townsville. AUS­TRALIA’S de­fence and se­cu­rity, in­clud­ing bor­der pro­tec­tion and im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy, is clearly the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment.

How­ever, the LNP in Queens­land is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing our fed­eral se­cu­rity and law en­force­ment agen­cies, in their on­go­ing ef­forts to en­sure our safety and pro­tect our way of life.

We can’t take our free­dom and se­cu­rity in Queens­land for granted. As a re­sult, the LNP has com­mit­ted to up­dat­ing the 2013 Queens­land Counter Ter­ror­ism Strat­egy and in­tro­duc­ing stronger state laws that will sup­port the work of state and fed­eral po­lice, as well as na­tional se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies to keep us safe, in­clud­ing:

• Strength­en­ing bail laws to in­clude a pre­sump­tion against bail for some­one charged with a ter­ror­ism re­lated of­fence, or who has known ter­ror­ism links.

• Strength­en­ing pa­role laws to re­move pre­sump­tion of pa­role for of­fend­ers con­victed of a ter­ror­ist of­fence, or sub­ject to a ter­ror­ist no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

• Giv­ing po­lice more pow­ers to pre­vent an at­tack by in­creas­ing the max­i­mum time al­lowed un­der a pre­ven­tive de- ten­tion or­der from 14 days to 28 days.

• Ap­point­ing a Min­is­ter for Counter Ter­ror­ism to lead a pol­icy fo­cus on plan­ning and en­hanc­ing our ca­pac­ity to de­tect, pre­vent and re­spond.

Thank­fully, Queens­land has never ex­pe­ri­enced an iden­ti­fied ter­ror­ism in­ci­dent. How­ever, we must re­main vig­i­lant in guard­ing against pos­si­ble threats and those who would do our com­mu­ni­ties harm. A fu­ture LNP Gov­ern­ment will im­ple­ment these stronger laws be­cause we take this re­spon­si­bil­ity se­ri­ously.

AN­DREW CRIPPS MP, Mem­ber for Hinch­in­brook.

SAND DANCE: Urab Dancer from the Po­ruma Is­lands Kepa Se­ba­sio and Dan­cenorth dancer Ma­son Kelly at The Strand Ephemera. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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