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    Premier & Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    High Tech Lab To Research E-Security And Counter-Terrorism

    Premier & Trade
    The Honourable Peter Beattie

    Friday, February 18, 2005

    High Tech Lab To Research E-Security And Counter-Terrorism

    The National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) Queensland laboratory was officially opened today by Premier Peter Beattie.

    Mr Beattie said NICTA had a special focus on e-security research which was an area that was already a significant interest in the Smart State.

    The Queensland Government is contributing $5 million over 4 years to the laboratory, which was also supported by Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland.

    It was also involved in research and development related to counter-terrorism.

    "The focus of the initial research project will be on improving the ways in which we predict, prevent, respond to and co-ordinate services in disaster situations," Mr Beattie said.

    "This work has the potential to provide tremendous benefits in ways like helping to determine the appropriate number of emergency personnel required to deal with particular situations.

    "This not only relates to terrorism but also natural disasters like bush fires."

    NICTA Queensland was attracting staff from the world's top research organisations including NASA, Carnegie Melon University and the University of California at Berkeley.

    Last December, the Premier announced a package of initiatives, including a commitment of $18.5 million through a 4 year growth strategy called Smart ICT - Taking it to the World.

    Media contact: 3224 4500 18 February 2005