Opinion

Is the Fraser Coast safe or are we in danger?

EDITORIAL: I'm not sure how well you read your Chronicle on Wednesday, but if you did you would have come across a rather fearful paragraph on the Queensland page referring to a call by Islamic State to murder Australians "by any means possible".

Then there was the news that a young known terror suspect was fatally shot by police in Victoria after he willingly attended a police station, then began attacking two officers with a knife.

Do you grasp the gravity of what you just read?

I find it hard to fathom.

Of course we on the Fraser Coast are safe, aren't we?

In Toowoomba, one could think the same, other than the fact the region's two biggest military museums have been closed indefinitely because of the terror threat.

What on earth is going on? What do authorities know that they won't tell us?

We thought it prudent to ask the Department of Defence about risks in our area - including any plan to close our own museums.

There response was simple: "Thank you for your enquiry but it would not be appropriate to discuss specific security measures and where they are being applied."

One would have thought we had the right to know about any potential dangers.

This is not a game, nor is it a rehearsal.

These are dangerous times.

Topics:  editorial fraser coast islamic state john parker safety



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