Tweed is facing ?terror threat
THE Tweed Coast, like all of Australia's coastline, faces a greater risk of terrorist attack as a result of Australia's involvement in the Iraq war. That was the message from Labor foreign affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd campaigning in the Tweed yesterday. Mr Rudd said Labor's Darwin-based Coastguard - eight sea vessels, three helicopters and 250 personnel - would provide 24-hour coastal surveillance, under the jurisdic- tion of the Federal Police. He said it was wrong for the Navy to act as coastal police, patrolling for people and drug smugglers, other organised crime and terrorists. He said Labor would work co-operatively with regional governments against terrorism, when asked to comment on John Howard's call for Labor to back pre-emptive strikes against terrorists. Mr Rudd said the Coalition had failed to provide enough aged care beds, child care places and TAFE places, while Labor's 20,000 extra TAFE places policy was aimed at regions like the Tweed. The Nationals' Larry Anthony said Labor had cut $600 million from its Coastguard policy since it was announced three years ago, the Federal Police had no experience in coastal surveillance and only three unauthorised vessels had tried to reach the Australian coast since the end of 2001.