Don’t take freedom for granted
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.