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Wednesday, 15 October 2003
Page: 21617

Mr McClelland asked the Minister representing the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 18 September 2003:

(Please note that after due consideration and as agreed with ACS, this question has now been transferred to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services):

What measures has the Minister taken since 11 September 2001 to implement heightened security at airports and at which airports has such security been implemented?

Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Government has taken many measures since 11 September 2001 to increase the already high levels of security in Australia's aviation industry, including:

greater controls over access to airport secure areas;

increased passenger and luggage screening including 100 percent checked bag screening on certain international flights;

a broadening of the categories of items not to be carried in the cabin of an aircraft;

an increase in the number of airports where passenger screening takes place;

an increased Australian Protective Service presence at airports; and

the deployment of armed air marshals on domestic services.

On 11 December 2002 a further major package of security measures was announced including:

Requiring all airports that handle scheduled jet operations to screen for all passengers and their carry-on baggage, including those flying on propeller services. As a result, the number of airports where security screening is required will increase;

Mandating the introduction of screening for passengers and carry-on baggage at additional locations where an airport operator or airline requests that security standards should apply;

Mandating the introduction of 100 percent checked bag screening (CBS) for all international flights by 31 December 2004, a full year ahead of the ICAO deadline. In addition, domestic terminal operators at the major category one and two airports (Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Cairns, Canberra, Gold Coast and Darwin) will be required to have a permanent checked bag screening capability by the same date;

Introduction of explosives trace detection at domestic and international passenger screening points; and

Threat Image Projection Systems to be mandatory for passenger screening x-ray equipment from 30 September 2003.

For security reasons I will not specify the details of measures at individual airports, beyond advising the aviation security regulatory regime set out in the current Air Navigation Act and its Regulations is based on an intelligence assessment of threats to Australian aviation.