Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said some places presented potential opportunities for mass casualties, symbolic attacks and high-impact media coverage.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said some places presented potential opportunities for mass casualties, symbolic attacks and high-impact media coverage.

Aussies warned to be prepared for terrorist threats

LESSONS learned from the Boston Bombings and other mass shootings across the US have helped the Federal Government form a set of guidelines for Australians to follow should a similar tragedy occur on home soil.

Counter-terrorism chiefs speaking on Monday at the Sydney launch of the Active Shooting Guidelines for Places of Mass Gatherings, warned the threat of attacks remained real but people could now be as prepared as possible.

Tips for avoiding attention include covering windows and switching off lights and turning phones to silent.

If discovered, people were advised to "throw objects" and use aggressive force but "only in order to protect the life of individuals or others".

The guidelines cover sporting and entertainment venues, universities, shopping centres and transport hubs.

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said those places presented potential opportunities for mass casualties, symbolic attacks and high-impact media coverage.

He said the guidelines incorporated the world's best practice from the US, Europe and Australia to ensure "we remain a safe, resilient country".

A copy of the guidelines can be found at http://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/



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