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National security hotline reaches 100,000 calls.



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ATTORNEY -GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 • Telephone (02) 6277 7300 • Fax (02) 6273 4102 w w w. ag.gov.au / a g

13 August 2007 169 /2007

NATIONAL SECURITY HOTLINE REACHES 100,000 CALLS

The National Security Hotline continues to play a vital role in Australia’s national counter -terrorism arrangements, with calls from members of the p ublic now having passed the 100, 000 mark.

Attorney -General Philip Rud dock said many calls to the Hotline have contributed to existing investigations or initiated new investigations.

“It is quite clear that the public plays a major role in providing information to our security agencies, a nd it is important that we keep that information flowing,” Mr Rud d ock said.

Launched in December 2002, the Hotline provides a point of contact for members of the public to report possible signs of terrorism.

Around half of the calls received by the Hotline are referred to the Australian Federal Police, ASIO and relevant State or Territory police.

“Australian security agencies are working hard to help protect Australia from terrorism, but it is members of the public who can help complete the picture,” Mr R ud dock said.

“As people go about their daily business within their commu nities, they are best placed to notice something that is out of the ordinary.”

“I encourage the Australian community to remain vigilant and to report possible signs of terrorism to the National Security Hotline because it is often the details that make the biggest difference.”

The National Security Hotline can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 123 400. Trained operators take every call seriously and you can remain anony mous.

Media contact Sarah Stock 02 6277 7300 / 0419 278 715