||Issue No. 266||03 June 2005|
An Act of Faith
Interview: The Baby Drought
Industrial: Lies, AWAs and Statistics
Workplace: The Invisible Parents
History: Bruce’s Big Blunder
Politics: All God's Children
Economics: Spun Out
International: Shakey Trials
Legal: Civil Distrubance
Review: Crash Course In Racism
Poetry: You're Fired
The Locker Room
Remembering Workers In Cairns
Fair Go For Injured Workers
A Question Of Choice
Galahs Up The Cross
Security Blunders to the Max
The shock revelation came as the country's largest airport emerged as a security hotspot, fending off allegations that lax standards were playing into the hands of crime bosses and potential terrorists.
The airport, now under the control of former secretary of the Prime Minister's department Max Moore-Wilton, has reeled from one devastating security revelation to another.
Recent allegations have included ...
- the involvement of rogue baggage handlers in a cocaine smuggling ring
- interference with travellers luggage, highlighted by the Schappelle Corby case in Indonesia
- ducking security improvements because of cost as in not introducing shrink wrapping until months after Melbourne and Brisbane adopted the practise
Only last week, Sydney Airport's head of security was dumped, after it was revealed he had received adverse mentions in the explosive NSW Royal Commission into Police Corruption.
Then, the Australian, broke news of a Customs report that detailed serious security flaws.
Max "the axe" Moore-Wilton, pointman for new owner Macquarrie Bank and close associate of the Prime Minister, has played the "ignorance" card on every occasion.
He has also sought to use political connections to press state government for a greater NSW police presence at the privatised federal facility, eliciting a dry response about user-pays from the state's police chief.
Now the airport is at the centre of claims that contracting out policieshave seen casual security screeners, some with radical affiliations, accessing secure areas.
The LHMU claims up to 20 percent of security screeners bypass usual clearances, courtesy of daily passes gained by producing a driver's licence.
LHMU secretary, Annie Owens, says the temporary pass system is a serious security loophole.
"You could rock up there today and the company, or someone properly authorised, could get one for you if you have business there," she said.
The union says the only requirement to gain access to secure areas is that an existing passholder signs a newcomer in. Unlike casuals, permanent passholders are put through an eight-week security checking procedure.
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