The Queensland Government has shown how seriously it’s taking the threat of terrorism with a heavy security presence at today’s Education Summit.
Police and private guards patrolled the grounds.
Jacob Carson reports.
The show of force seemed out of place, amid the classrooms and sporting ovals of the Gap State High school.
But, with almost every member of Parliament at the Government’s Education Summit, authorities were taking no chances.
John-Paul Langbroek, Education Minister: “Well there’s nothing more important than the safety of Queenslanders. We’ve said as a government we want this to be the state where you can bring up your family and be safe.”
Bags taken into the school received residue scrubs.
Metal detectors were prominently placed.
Even the media had to pass security checks.
Inside, delegates discussed the 30-year plan for the education sector.
Margaret Black, State President, PNC Queensland: “I guess at the moment, a crystal-ball would be wonderful, but we need to sit down and talk through what will a school look like in
30 years. Will it be bricks and mortar, or will it be something very different?”
Premier Campbell Newman asked all parties to co-operate, but the State Opposition was miffed.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, State Opposition Leader: “I know the Premier’s been talking about this being a bi-partisan summit, well the Opposition weren’t invited to speak.”
Kevin Bates, President, Queensland Teacher’s Union: “There’s a lot of work to be done following on from today’s discussions to ensure we turn these ideas into a meaningful process for education into the future.”
One thing everyone agreed on, the heavy security on patrol.
Security checks like these are becoming common across the country, and with safety being a major concern for Brisbane ahead of the G20, the end doesn’t appear to be in sight anytime soon.
Jacob Carson, QUT News.