By Peter Michael, David Earley and Stefanie Balogh
August 06, 2009
SECURITY at Queensland's largest army base is so lax that would-be
terrorists could drive through the front gate under the guise of playing
The ease at which the Lavarack Barracks in Townsville can be entered
comes as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd yesterday ordered an emergency review
of security weaknesses at all of the nation's army bases.
Concerns have been raised that Australian troops are at risk because
facilities are protected by private unarmed security guards.
Five suspected terrorists, with alleged links to Somali group
al-Shabaab, have been arrested in Victoria after police foiled an
alleged plot to launch a Mumbai-style suicide attack on Sydney's
Holsworthy Army Base.
The accused men allegedly wanted to open fire on as many soldiers as
In Queensland, holes in security allowed The Courier-Mail to infiltrate
the Lavarack Barracks without a security pass and then take photographs
of sensitive key installations, troops in training and soldiers'
Over 90 minutes, this newspaper was not challenged or questioned by
civilian security guards.
The Courier-Mail was waved through the main gatehouse under the ruse of
going to playing a round of golf at Lavarack Golf club in the heart of
the military complex.
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