Julia Gillard will tighten cargo security

Sunday, 31 October 2010 12:23 Dan Zaremba News & Views - News Headlines - Commentary

Our PM announced this tough move after the discovery of explosives in US-bound cargo in transit at East Midlands, in Britain and Dubai.

The President confirmed today that the packages - found in Dubai and the East Midlands in Britain - had originated in Yemen and were bound for Jewish synagogues in Chicago. (source)

Of course our governments (and Labor governments in particular) are always big on rhetoric and motherhood statements but when it comes to the detail their record is not so hot.

"Our transport security officials have moved so that there will be comprehensive, 100 per cent screening of cargo coming from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha," Ms Gillard told reporters after a meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
"There are no direct flights from Yemen to Australia so any cargo that originated in Yemen would have come through one of those three locations and there will be 100 per cent screening in response.

Unfortunately the devil is always in the detail.

And so we would like to know:

PARIS (AP) -- Authorities rescinded the security clearance of 43 baggage handlers at France's main international airport due to suspicions they were connected with radical organizations, a top government minister said Saturday. (source)

About DP World Australia Region
Headquartered in Sydney, DP World's Australia Region employs some 2,100 people across terminals located in five of Australia's six state capitals—Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Terminals in this region:
• Australia – DP World Brisbane
• Australia – DP World Sydney
• Australia – DP World Melbourne
• Australia – DP World Adelaide
• Australia – DP World Fremantle

Do you think any of these above questions will be seriously asked?