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The building industry—the eyes and ears of national security

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The government is calling on Australian builders to report signs of terrorism to the National Security Hotline to keep the information flowing and keep Australia safe.

Builders, labourers and tradespeople are in a unique position to notice things that don’t seem quite right.

On construction sites, in day-to-day activities people within the building industry are best placed to notice odd behaviour.

Examples of suspicious behaviour could include someone photographing official buildings and infrastructure, attempts to buy large quantities of chemicals, or using a false name to hire trucks or vans for which there is no clear purpose.

However, terrorists rely on surprise so there is no definitive list. If it doesn’t feel right, then report it to authorities.

This October marked the tenth anniversary of the 2002 Bali bombings where 202 people were killed, including 88 Australians. Due to the efforts of Australian policing and intelligence agencies, Australians have so far been spared a major terrorist attack on our home soil.

But we must remain vigilant to the threat of terrorism to prevent attacks.

The prospect of terrorism has dropped off the radar of many Australians but it remains an ongoing threat.

The National Security Hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take calls from the public. Trained operators take every call seriously and you can remain anonymous.

Every piece of information received from members of the public today could be valuable in keeping Australia safe from terrorism tomorrow.

For more information, call the National Security Hotline on 1800 1234 00 or visit www.nationalsecurity.gov.au

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