Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Price
Three NT airports will receive funding from the Coalition Government in the 2018 Budget as part of a $50.1 million commitment to upgrade security screening equipment at regional airports across Australia.
These changes form part of a broader $294 million package of measures to strengthen security at airports and international mail and air cargo facilities across the country, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said.
“Aviation remains an attractive target for terrorists, and while we already have a strong and comprehensive aviation security framework, it is essential that we remain ahead of the evolving threat,” Senator Scullion said.
Senator Scullion said Alice Springs, Ayers Rock and Groote Eylandt airports would receive funding to upgrade security screening equipment.
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Price, said that the first priority for the Coalition is and will always be to keep Australians safe and secure.
“Regional aviation is critical to our communities and the economy. These important upgrades will continue to ensure that passengers remain safe and that our aviation sector remains protected from the constantly evolving threat of terrorism,” Ms Price said.
Airports on Cocos (Keeling) Island and Christmas Island, part of the Lingiari electorate, will also receive upgrades.
In addition to the upgraded screening technology, the Coalition Government is also increasing the training requirements for security screeners at airports.
Screeners will need to meet new national requirements, and pass a rigorous accreditation test each year.
“These changes to screener training will work hand in hand with the upgrades to screening equipment to ensure our passenger, baggage and cargo screening remains as effective as it can possibly be,” Ms Price said.
The Coalition Government will work with airports and airlines to implement the enhanced security measures.