Exercise Begins Today
Joint News Release
|The Hon. Daryl Williams AM QC MP
The Hon. Peter Beattie MP
13 June 2001
Brisbane residents should expect the unexpected today with increased
police and military activity as part of a joint Commonwealth-State
State and Federal police, the Australian Defence Force, and various
other State and Federal Government and other agencies will take
part in exercise Noble Act as part of security preparations for
the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held
in Brisbane from 6-9 October.
Federal Attorney-General Daryl Williams said the exercise would
run until this Friday, 15 June.
"The exercise is one of several to rehearse plans and fine
tune security measures to counter potential terrorist threats during
the CHOGM," Mr Williams said.
Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said members of the public should
not be alarmed at increased police activity across the city in the
next few days.
"Police officers, including those from our specialist support
units and some of which may be heavily armed, will be taking part
in the exercise. This is a preparatory exercise only," Mr Beattie
"The exercise has been designed to cause minimal disruption
to members of the public. However the numbers of police involved
and associated activities may attract some attention. The exact
nature of the exercise is being kept closely guarded, necessarily,
in order to adequately test the processes in place should a major
incident occur during CHOGM."
Federal national security agencies have been working closely with
Queensland police and government agencies to ensure that security
for the CHOGM will be effective and unobtrusive.
Mr Williams said Noble Act formed part of a series of counter-terrorist
activities held regularly in each of the Australian states and territories.
"The exercise will focus on the principles of the national
anti-terrorist plan, which has been developed and refined during
the past 20 years and is based on a coordinated response by State
and Federal agencies," Mr Williams said.
Mr Beattie said while CHOGM security planning was well in hand Noble
Act would provide a timely opportunity to practise resources and
measures for dealing with terrorism.
Noble Act will involve a wide range of Federal and State Ministers,
Departments and agencies. Participants include the Prime Minister
and other Ministers that are members of the National Security Committee
of Cabinet, the Queensland Premier and Police Minister, the Queensland
Premier's Department, CHOGM 2001 Taskforce, Queensland Police Service,
Queensland Emergency Services, the Australian Defence Force and
the Australian Federal Police.
Catherine Fitzpatrick (Mr Williams) 0419 423 965
Steve Bishop (Mr Beattie) 0419 779 518
Tracey Brown (Queensland Police) 0419 701 089