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"Gaping holes in Sydney Airport security"
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Gaping holes in Sydney Airport security
The Australian Associated Press
CANBERRA, AAP - A confidential NSW police report confirms there are gaping
holes in Sydney Airport's security, state Opposition Leader John Brogden
says. Mr Brogden today said Sydney Airport was like a farm with the gate
wide open because of the Carr government's failure to implement the
two-year-old report. "What is very clear is the Carr government has failed,
and failed dismally to deal in particular with crime at Sydney Airport," Mr
Brogden told reporters at the Liberal Party federal council in Canberra.
"What the government has to do is fully implement all of the
recommendations, which include in effect the reopening of the now empty
Mascot police station, 24-hour staffing, detectives and a clear mission to
deal with organised and other crime that's been identified at Sydney
Airport. "In an era of modern terrorism, in an era of reports and concerns
about drug trading through our airports, the state police have to do their
bit." The Sun-Herald newspaper reported that the confidential report warned
two years ago that organised crime had reached plague proportions at Sydney
airport. It argued that a permanent on-site NSW police command and detective
squad was the only way to combat the problem.
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