Thankfully, Queensland has never experienced an identified terrorism incident, but we must remain vigilant in guarding against possible threats against our citizens and our way of life.
Australia’s current national terrorism threat level is at probable. According to national security advice, credible intelligence, assessed by security agencies, indicates that individuals or groups continue to possess the intent and capability to conduct a terrorist attack in Australia. International terrorist groups have proven adept at using their extremist ideology to motivate “lone wolves” or small groups to use violence in their home countries.
We can’t take for granted the freedoms we enjoy.
The last Queensland Government counter-terrorism strategy was released in 2013 and needs to be updated based on the current threat levels and international environment.
The LNP demonstrated our strong commitment to keeping Queenslanders safe with our record of investment in law enforcement agencies, tougher laws that put community safety first and co-ordinated law enforcement activities in government.
This included an additional 1100 additional frontline police officers over four years, the $500 million government wireless network to improve communications and the development and release of our counter-terrorism strategy.
We also successfully hosted the 2014 G20 summit in Brisbane, widely acclaimed for the safety and security of international dignitaries and other guests and minimal protest disruption.
OUR REAL PLAN
A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will introduce stronger laws to protect the community and targeted prevention to re-double our efforts in the fight against terrorism.
Our wide-ranging counter-terrorism plan to safeguard against local threats involves updating the Queensland (Government) Counter-Terrorism strategy as well as:
Strengthening Bail Laws to include a presumption against bail for someone charged with a terrorism-related offence, or who is known to have terrorist links.
Strengthening Parole to remove the presumption for parole for an offender charged with a terrorist offence, 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 preventative detention order from 14 days to 28 days.
Greater Leadership by appointing a dedicated Minister for Counter-Terrorism to focus on policy development, strategic planning and enhancing our capacity to detect, prevent and respond to an incident.
This is part of our plan to provide safe and liveable communities as we Build a Better Queensland.