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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Police Commissioner to brief Cabinet on counter-terrorism

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, July 31, 2017

    Police Commissioner to brief Cabinet on counter-terrorism

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has asked Police Commissioner Ian Stewart to brief Cabinet, at its meeting on the Gold Coast this morning, on counter-terrorism efforts in the wake of arrests in Sydney at the weekend.

    The Premier said her Government committed to the safety of all Queenslanders and we are working together with police and federal law enforcement authorities.

    “Currently there is no known specific threat to Queensland, however, the current National Terrorism Threat Level for Australia remains at Probable.

    “The terrorist threat in Australia has been elevated since September 2014, and since then there has been five terrorist attacks and 12 disrupted terrorist plots.

    “The Queensland Police Service continues to remain vigilant, and is working closely with partner agencies, with a focus on prevention as the first line of defence against terrorism

    Queenslanders must stay vigilant. Be aware of what is going on around you and if there is a life-threatening emergency call 000.

    Suspicious activity can be reported to the National Security Hotline: 1800 1234 00

    Resources and powers for QPS officers

    The Premier said her Government would continue to ensure our police have the resources and powers they need to protect our state from terrorism

    “In last month’s State Budget, we allocated $46.7 million over three years for a world-class use of force, weapons and counter-terrorism facility at Wacol," she said.

    “We also committed $32.3 million over four years for an additional 30 police to be allocated to counter terrorism within the Queensland Police; as well as an additional 20 police to be placed by the Commissioner throughout Queensland in areas that require additional police presence.”

    “These are significant investments in ensuring the safety of Queenslanders and providing our police with the resources and infrastructure they need to be better prepared to respond to any future critical incidents in our State.”

    “On top of this we have expanded police powers to allow them to do their job more effectively when it comes to dealing with suspected terror incidents.” 

    2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

    In terms of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Queensland police are working closely with the Office of Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast 2018 (GC2018) Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) and Australian Government Security Agencies to prepare for next year’s event and all planning is on track.

    “We have passed legislation, including amending the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act, to provide increased police powers for the period of the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” the Premier said.

    Security risk assessments have been conducted for all Games venues and events. Assessments are currently being completed for Games associated locations and infrastructure, including transport hubs and networks.

    There will be 3,500 QPS officers, together with 4,200 contract security personnel, over 2,000 Australian Defence Force members and 100 officers from the Australian Federal Police to make up a security force of over 10,000 that will work together to ensure the safe celebration of the Games for athletes, officials and spectators.