Monday, January 21, 2013

Road Haulage and Freight Groups Asked to Combat Possible Terrorism from Chemical Weapons

Australian Government Launches Public Consultation on Bomb Making Materials
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – The growing trend for terrorists to manufacture makeshift explosives and noxious weapons using household and industrial chemicals which can be reasonably easily obtained has prompted the Government to launch a ‘Chemical Security Consultation’ and members of the road haulage community and freight sector members at large are being asked to give their views as an industry inevitably involved in the transport of such materials with the potential for bomb making.

The ease of use of the internet largely accounts for the simplicity with which dissenting individuals can learn the basic chemistry required to enable construction of viable terrorist devices and now the Government is turning to the same medium to counter the threat. Every stakeholder in the supply chain of household and other chemicals is being encouraged to proffer their own views and opinions via the Linked In ‘Protecting Chemicals from Terrorism’ group or on one of the special feed back forms obtainable HERE which can then be e mailed direct to the department concerned.

Groups such as the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) are actively encouraging affected members to sign up or, even better, to attend one of the face-to-face consultation sessions on the draft National Code of Practice being chaired by both National and State Government officials. Sessions are being held during February 2013 in: Canberra (6th); Brisbane (7th); Sydney (11th); Perth (12th); Darwin (TBC); Melbourne (15th); Hobart (18th) and Adelaide (20th). Attendees are required to give notice via e mail and full details can be found HERE or on the Government website.

The Government says it has identified eleven key chemicals which need monitoring and, as a result of this consultation, it will be issuing a voluntary code of practice in an effort to secure the supply chain. All views must be expressed by the end of February as the consultation will close on the 1st March 2013.