Mon, Sep 06, 2004
Federal government disagrees, says plan is unreasonable
Australia's Labor Party
has proposed a number of changes to aviation security in that
country. The goal of the proposal is to strengthen security at
regional airports that handle 50,000 or more passenger movements
Labor Party opposition leader Mark Latham says that they propose
an expenditure of AUS$17 million to install passenger screening
equipment in the country's regional airports. Latham has emphasized
the 9/11 attacks in the United States as examples of the worst
fears come true when security is breached at airports, and says
that the Labor plan will make travel by aircraft in Australia
"We won't be taking any risks at all with the security of the
Australian people. We want to ensure on the home front that we get
it right, that we've got every single precaution and security
device in place that's needed," said Latham to the Special
However, Deputy Prime
Minister John Anderson called the plan "unreasonable" and said that
the ruling governments plan to equip these regional airports with
handheld detection systems is more appropriate.
"This idea that you can mix screened and un-screened passengers
and somehow have a better security outcome is just so much tosh.
That's what the Labor party's built its campaign around. It doesn't
stack up," said Anderson. He also added his opinion that the Labor
proposal would put undue economic pressure on regional airline
services that could result in their disappearance.
There are 17 regional airports in Australia that handled more
than 50,000 passengers this year.
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