Terrorist Attacks & Everyday Chemicals a Concern for Governments Around the World
Australia (News4us.com) June 13, 2011
Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the Government has today published a list of Chemicals of Security Concern to help stop chemicals that could be used in a terrorist attack getting into the wrong hands.
Mr McClelland said the list had been developed by intelligence and policing agencies and endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) as part of its Chemical Security Management Framework.
“The publication of this list will help industry and the wider community be vigilant about suspicious activities surrounding these chemicals,” Mr McClelland said.
“It’s been developed by Australian Governments in consultation with industry, the Australian intelligence community and police.
“The Chemicals of Security Concern Program aims to reduce the risk of terrorists acquiring chemicals and to deter and detect the use of chemicals for terrorist purposes.
“It represents those chemicals that could be used by terrorists to produce an improvised explosive device or toxic weapon.
“Industry has been working closely with Australian Governments to reduce the security risk posed by certain chemicals.
“The message for industry and the community is: if you notice suspicious activities surrounding these chemicals – such as the purchase of large quantities or someone asking suspicious questions – report it to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.”
Mr McClelland said the 2011-12 Budget allocated $10 million over four years to help manage the risk posed by terrorists utilising chemicals in explosive and toxic weapons.
“Governments around the world are working to ensure that chemicals of concern don’t get into the wrong hands – similar lists have been published in the United States and Canada,” he said.
“We need to ensure our practices and counter terrorism strategies are modern and constantly updated to keep the community safe.”
For a full list of Chemicals of Security Concern or for more information, visit www.chemicalsecurity.gov.au
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