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MEDIA STATEMENT

Monday 5 December, 2005

NEW AUSTRALIAN SECURITY TECHNOLOGY UNVEILED AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Australian-developed and funded technology to identify a range of difficult to detect high-explosives at security check-points around the world was unveiled for the Australian Government at Parliament House in Canberra today.

Minister for Transport Warren Truss and Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane officially launched the innovative new technology which is being trialed in the United States, Italy and Singapore.

The technology has been developed by Perth-based QRSciences. The launch at Parliament House was an opportunity to thank Australia for its support and confidence in the technology, which is being marketed through QRSciences and Canberra based XTEK Limited.

The two new scanning units, Rapiscan’s QXR1000 and QRSciences proprietary T3-03, can detect a range of dangerous high-explosives that present difficulty for stand alone X-ray technology. The technology adds functionality, is reliable, easy-to-use and compatible with existing procedures.

Australian Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, congratulated QRSciences on its innovative approach to a world-wide security need.

“The two new scanning devices being launched for sale are another stand-out example of Australian technology and innovation at work with real results. The Australian Government has a significant interest in this project through a recent A$2.8 million R&D Start grant and other funding totalling $3.8 million to QRSciences through AusIndustry over recent years,” Minister Macfarlane said.

Representatives from a range of Federal Government departments, senior bureaucrats and authorities attended the demonstrations of the new devices.

QRSciences Director and international aviation security expert Norman Shanks FSyI said that it was exciting for the company to return to its roots and thanked both the Australian government and investors for their support.

Mr Shanks, a former Airport Security Manager for Heathrow Airport from 1986-91 and Head of Group Security for BAA Plc (operator of several major UK airports including Heathrow and Gatwick) from 1991-1996, said governments around the world were working with the industry to develop and adopt new screening technologies in their fight against terrorism.

"There is no doubt that while we're all on a steep learning curve, check-point screening remains a critical part of aviation security. Once passengers and their carry on baggage are through the check-point, it's usually too late to overcome security problems," Mr Shanks said.

Mr Shanks praised the Australian Government for its further investment in aviation security following recommendations of the Wheeler report in September.

"Unfortunately, criminals and terrorists don't stand still and neither can we," he said.

"The new scanning units are applicable not only to airports, but to any facility or office that could be vulnerable to criminal or terrorist activity."

Mr Shanks said that recent terrorist threats, attacks or arrests in Sydney, Bali and London demonstrated that continued vigilance and investment in more effective security screening procedures was essential in the ongoing fight against terrorism.

About QRSciences QRSciences is a developer of advanced technology and leader in Quadrupole Resonance (QR), an emerging explosive detection technology that uses radio frequency spectroscopy techniques to detect and positively identify a wide range of difficult to detect explosives. Applications include explosive and narcotic detection, pharmaceutical quality control and assurance, mineral and material assay, lab instrumentation and environmental science.

In September, 2005, Gilardoni SPA announced a pilot program combining QRSciences technology with Gilardoni X-ray systems at an undisclosed primary airport in Italy. In November, 2005, QRSciences announced that a working trial had started with the Singaporean Immigration and Checkpoint Authority at a major checkpoint used by more than 100,000 people a day. In September, 2005, QXR 1000, incorporating Rapiscan's X-ray system and QRSciences' proprietary hardware and software was presented before the United States House Committee on Homeland Security by its development and manufacturing partner OSI Systems. Rapiscan, a division of OSI Systems, is a leading supplier of high-quality security inspection solutions utilizing X-ray and gamma-ray imaging and advanced threat identification techniques such as neutron and diffraction analysis.

QRSciences is headquartered in Perth, Western Australia with a wholly-owned subsidiary, QRSciences Corporation, based in San Diego, California.

For further information, please contact: Mr Warrick Hazeldine Purple Communications Tel: 08 9485 1254 Mob: 0417 944 616 E: whazeldine@purplecom.com.au

Or visit: www.qrsciences.com

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