No move on police airport presence

POLICE could be given new powers in a bid to keep Australia’s airports safer.

Acting Inspector Paul Matheson

Acting Inspector Paul Matheson

The plan, reported by News Corp Australia on Monday, could stop suspicious passengers flying and allow police to order members of the public to leave major airports. 

But while local police will continue to ­patrol Mildura Airport as part of normal ­operations, they said there was not yet a need to increase their presence.

Mildura police Acting Inspector Paul Matheson said heightened terrorist pre­cautions in the past couple of years had led to an increase in patrols around all high-risk ­venues and areas. 

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