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Media Release


11/09/2009 MECC 30009/09




Following the arrests on August 4 of individuals allegedly planning an attack on the Holsworthy Army base, Defence conducted a prompt and rigorous review of security at its bases and key locations.


Media reports today purporting to contain details of the review had a number of inaccuracies


For example, the review certainly did not refer to the ethnic background of taxi drivers, or of any drivers, as a security issue.


The review, carried out at the Government’s direction, made a series of recommendations to enhance security that responds to the changing nature of potential threats.


The Government accepted the review’s findings and has directed Defence to implement enhanced security measures.  These enhancements are under way.


In relation to the Holsworthy matter, the review found the Defence Security Alert System worked effectively but the review concluded that improvements can always be made to base security arrangements.


For obvious reasons, the details of the security measures identified and the recommendations made cannot be discussed. 


The media should treat responsibly any information relating to the Defence Base Security Improvement Program.


Defence will not be making any further public comment on the aspects of this review, at this time.



Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664



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Department of Defence,
Canberra, ACT
Phone: 02 6127 1999 Fax: 02 6265 6946
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