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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 www.law.gov.au/ag

11 August 2005 146 /2005

GOVERNMENT AND BUSIN ESS LEADERS TO MEET ON NATIONAL SECURITY

Senior Government ministers will meet Australian business leaders in Canberra tomorrow for high level briefings and to discuss ongoing strategies to fight terr orism.

Attorney -General Philip Ruddock said the second meeting of the Business -Government Advisory Group would reinforce the effective lines of communication that exist between business and government leaders on security issues, particularly in relation to the protec tion of critical infrastructure.

Mr Ruddock said the London bombings had highlighted the risks terrorism posed and the importance of business and government continuing to work together to keep Australia as safe and se cure as possible.

“The tragedy of the London bombings shows we must be continually vigilant. Together, we must be proactive in identifying and managing possible risks in a comprehensive and coordinated way,” Mr Ruddock said.

“Tomorrow’s meeting will addre ss a range of issues that go to protecting our economy and ensuring our national security ,” he said. “Also on the agenda will be the protection of mass gatherings of people, transport security, identity security and protection of the nati onal information i nfrastructure.

“The Government’s inclusive approach to national security is based on listening to and acting on the input of the broader community. This forum demonstrates government and business are working as one to keep our economy safe and to protect Australians from terrorism, ” Mr Ruddock said.

The meeting will be chaired by the Attorney -General and attended by Minister for Justice and Customs, Chris Ellison, and Minister for Transport and Regional Services Warren Truss, as well as heads of Australia’s security and law enforcement agencies .

Business representatives include David Baffsky (Accor Asia Pacific) , Greg Martin (Australian Gas Light), Steven Lowy (Westfield Trust), Geoff Dixon (Qantas Airlines), Hugh Morgan (Business Council of Australia), Heather Ridout (Australian Industry Group), John Stewart (National Australia Bank) and Peter Hendy (ACCI).

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