Police officers perform security checks at Fiumicino airport, near Rome, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The Italian Interior Ministry announced heightened security measures at major Italian airports following explosions at the Brussels airport and the subway system earlier Tuesday. (Telenews/ANSA via AP) ITALY OUT
Police officers perform security checks at Fiumicino airport, near Rome, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The Italian Interior Ministry announced heightened security measures at major Italian airports following explosions at the Brussels airport and the subway system earlier Tuesday. (Telenews/ANSA via AP) ITALY OUT Telenews

OUR SAY: Reminder of terror threats

IT WILL be interesting to see how big a role national security plays in the upcoming federal election.

I reckon if Tony Abbott was still prime minister the answer would be 'huge'.

With Malcolm Turnbull in the driver's seat, however, I'm not sure how far we will head in that direction.

In recent times the Coalition has been continuing to say "we stopped the boats" but there hasn't been much more of an attempt to claim the ascendancy on national security.

The ALP on the other hand continues to be happy to talk about anything else, still scarred by its failed efforts to deal with refugees when last in government.

Based on recent points of debate, national security was unlikely to play a major role in the campaign - tax, negative gearing and senate voting had been the key points.

But the attacks in Brussels this week may well change that.

The terrible and bloody events are certainly a reminder of the dangers posed by terrorism and the difficulties they pose for governments.

It is important to act decisively against terrorist threats, but no one wants our actions to be dictated by fear - if they are, the terrorists have won.

Hopefully election debate on this subject will be about trying to find answers rather than whipping up fear.



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