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Defence base security review.

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SENATOR JOHN FAULKNER Minister for Defence

Wednesday, 05 August 2009 xxx/2009


Defence will conduct a review into defence base security in light of the method of attack contemplated by the alleged terror cell apprehended in Melbourne yesterday.

The review will be conducted by the Chief Security Officer with representation from the services, Defence Support Group and Attorney-General’s Department.

Defence maintains a framework of protective security measures to safeguard Defence people and installations. This consists of a range of physical and personnel security measures coupled with intelligence to provide a layered response to mitigate threats.

However the Government has decided, given the circumstances, it is appropriate to review current measures.

An initial assessment of the current adequacy of base security arrangements will be finalised this month.

Media contacts: Colin Campbell (John Faulkner): 02 6277 7800 or 0407 787 181 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664