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Combating chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats.



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MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGEING

SENATOR THE HON. KAY PATTERSON

MINISTER FOR DEFENCE LEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATE

ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON. DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP

 

SENATOR THE HON. ROBERT HILL  

JOINT NEWS RELEASE

14 May 2002

COMBATING CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, NUCLEAR AND EXPLOSIVE THREATS

Australia’s capacity to respond to national security threats in any guise will be enhanced with an injection of $150.2 million over four years to address chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) incidents.

This spending covers the Defence, Health, and Attorney-General’s portfolios to ensure that Australia is able to deal with all aspects of a CBRNE incident - from detection and defence against attack, to treatment of those affected and removal of the threat.

Defence has been allocated $121 million over the next four years to make permanent its capability to respond to CBRNE incidents through the Incident Response Regiment (IRR).

And Health will receive $11.4 million to acquire and stockpile a range of medications, antidotes and vaccines to ensure a rapid and effective response to any acts of bio-terrorism.

In the Attorney-General’s portfolio, Emergency Management Australia (EMA) will receive $17.8 million to provide specialised equipment and training for the agencies and emergency workers who are first to respond to CBRNE incidents.

This additional spending across three portfolios is part of the Government’s broader commitment to ensure that Australia has all the tools its requires to combat terrorism and other threats to national security, the three portfolio ministers said.

 

Media Contacts: Carina Tan-Van Baren (Mr Williams) (02) 6277 7300 / 0419 423 965

Catherine Fitzpatrick (Sen. Hill) (02) 6277 7800 / 0405 351 245 Randal Markey (Sen. Patterson) (02) 6277 7220 / 0417 694 520

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