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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    London terror attack - Premier's statement to Parliament

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    London terror attack - Premier's statement to Parliament

    Queenslanders have awoken this morning to tragic news from London.

    An incident of barbaric violence outside the Houses of Parliament has left five people dead and 40 people injured. The dead include a police officer and the apparent assailant.

    This incident is even more disturbing, because the name Westminster sits at the very heart of our democratic institutions.

    Last week I travelled across the Westminster Bridge while the Member for Surfers Paradise and I were in London for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games events.

    This bridge is utilised by so many locals, tourists and families.

    I can inform the House the Police Commissioner has briefed me on the security situation in Queensland this morning.

    While there is no suggestion of a need to elevate our threat level, he believes it prudent to increase the security presence around certain parts of Queensland while assessments continue of the situation in London.

    I can also inform the house the Commissioner will also be briefing the Speaker and Clerk in relation to security measures at this Parliament.

    Can I take this opportunity to acknowledge the vigilance and dedication of Queensland’s police and emergency services. These first responders put their own lives on the line to ensure the safety and security of our community.

    The people of Queensland stand in solidarity and sympathy with our friends and colleagues in London after this appalling event.

    Our thoughts are of course with the victims and their families.