The Federal Government are citing “dangerous times” as the reason for strengthening airport security across the country.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled plans to roll out new legislation today, alongside a $294 million package to boost security at domestic airports and new procedures in regional terminals.
“The threat of terrorism is very real and while our security forces and intelligence agencies, and police, have disrupted and thwarted 14 terrorist plots we cannot ever be complacent,” he said.
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“There’s no place for set and forget when it comes to national security.”
Under the new rules police at airports would be given the power to carry out identity checks without cause at airports.
However, there will still be no need for passengers to produce ID when checking in to domestic flights.
Part of fundings splash will be spent on new body scanners for domestic and large regional airports.
This is a pretty huge change. PM is on 3AW announcing plans for police to have power to walk up to anyone at an airport for whatever reason – or, in fact, no reason, – the police see fit and ask for ID. PM says “dangerous times” are the reason for the change.
— Stephanie Peatling (@srpeatling) May 14, 2018