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Protecting Australians against chemical, biological and radiological incidents.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP

NEWS RELEASE

10 September 2003 107/03

GICAL AND PROTECTING AUSTRALIANS AGAINST CHEMICAL, BIOLO RADIOLOGICAL INCIDENTS

The Australian Government has begun distributing to all States and Territories the deal with

chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) incidents.

cy response,

e Australian community.

ment committed Territories to

deal with the consequences of CBR incidents.

00,000. This

helps to ensure that Australia is in the best possible .

ent to close

tes and Territories on matters of national

security and disaster management.

systems,

nits to detect bio-terrorism agents n digital still

The Australian Government established a national CBR working group with y Management

that the most appropriate equipment and

All jurisdictions have signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Australian Government regarding long-term provision of this equipment. The equipment remains the property of the Australian Government and the States and Territories will be responsible for its storage, allocation and use.

They will be provided with $30,000 annually to assist with maintenance and repair of the equipment. The program will be reviewed at the end of the 2005-2006 financial year.

first tranche of specialist equipment to strengthen Australia’s ability to

While States and Territories have front line responsibility for emergen we must all work together to protect th

It is in this spirit that, in the 2002-03 Budget, the Australian Govern $17.8 million over four years to enhance the capacity of all States and

Each State and Territory will receive equipment valued at about $9 significant, practical support position to respond to any CBR attack or inadvertent CBR incidents

It is just one of many examples of the Australian Government’s commitm and effective cooperation with the Sta

The equipment includes chemical protection suits, specialist breathing equipment to detect chemicals and radiation, and u through DNA analysis. Other support material includes high resolutio and video cameras for forensic investigation.

representatives from all States and Territories, chaired by Emergenc Australia, a division of the Attorney-General’s Department.

This group’s recommendations have ensured has been provided, and that there is consistent capability across all States Territories.

Media Contact: Carina Tan-Van Baren (02) 6277 7300/ 0419 423 965 www.law.gov.au/ag