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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Mark Vaile MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of the Nationals

18 September 2007 146MV/2007

SECURITY CAMPAIGN RECOGNISED WITH AWARD

The campaign to convince Australians to comply with new aviation security regulations on international flights has won an industry award, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Mark Vaile, said today.

The Department of Transport and Regional Services entry has been announced as the winner of the government sponsored campaign category of the Public Relations Institute of Australia ACT Awards for Excellence.

"The award win underlines the importance of this campaign which was a critical part of the introduction of the enhanced security measures to limit the amount of liquids, aerosols, and gels that can be taken into the cabin of passenger aircraft to no more

than 100 millilitres per container," Mr Vaile said.

"The campaign very successfully carried the message to airline passengers. Every day across Australia at international departure points, many thousands of passengers now pass through the LAGS screening without a problem.

"I would like to not only recognise the award win and the effectiveness of the campaign, but also recognise the ability of Australians to respond to those messages about the need for tighter security on cabin baggage," Mr Vaile said.

The campaign focussed on some key messages which are still relevant today six months after the new regulations came into action:

Ñ International air travellers departing or entering into Australia may take only

small quantities of liquids in their hand (cabin) baggage or on their person; Ñ All liquids must be in individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100

millilitres each; Ñ All containers must be packed in a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not

more than one litre capacity; Ñ Travellers are only allowed one bag per person;

Ñ There are no limits on the LAGs allowed in check in baggage;

Ñ Prescription medication and medical devices are exempt. Non-prescription

medication and baby products in quantities required for the flight, including possible delays, are also exempt.

More information is available on the DOTARS Website on www.dotars.gov.au

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Media Contacts

Tanya Cleary ( Mr Vaile's Office ) 6277 7680 / 0418 615 280

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