Bomber? Beazley to touch down
FEDERAL Opposition Leader Kim Beazley will make a flying visit to Grafton this morning to discuss the need for greater security at Australia's regional airports.
Mr Beazley intends to highlight the Howard Government's failure to deliver adequate security measures. It is in response to the government's announcement that it would spend $200 million beefing up protection at regional airports.
Only months after the World Trade Centre attacks, Mr Beazley had drawn up a blueprint for improved security measures at the nation's airports and has been calling for them to be introduced ever since.
A key tenet of those plans was to hand Federal officers the responsibility of overseeing all airport security operations.
A similar model for airport security was included in the Howard Government's security package announcement last week.
Mr Beazley is likely to criticise the Howard Government for its sluggish response.