21 August 2017

News Story: Australian PM unveils national strategy to protect crowded places from terrorism

CANBERRA, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday released details of the nation's first "strategy for protecting crowded places", in the government's latest attempt to stay one step ahead of the ever-changing threat of global terrorism.

In a press release on Sunday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said after months of consultation with law enforcement officials, counter-terror officials and the private sector, the government has devised and released "Australia's Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism".

Created in response to the growing popularity of vehicle attacks such as those witnessed in Nice, London and most recently in Barcelona, Turnbull said the national strategy took into account "lessons learned" from previous attacks, and will give Australians extra peace of mind when they are in crowded places.

"Spending time together with family and friends in our sporting stadiums, at major events and around the civic spaces of our wonderful cities is a fundamental part of what makes Australia great," the Prime Minister said.

"Unfortunately we are not immune from the global conflicts in the Middle East and the instability around the world. My number one priority is to keep Australians safe.

"Australia's Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism has been developed in close partnership with the states and territories, local government, police and the private sector."

He said the guide was available for download online, and encouraged owners of businesses which operate in crowded areas to read and better understand the changing threat of terrorism.

Read the full story at Xinhua