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Farm attack — the forgotten terrorism

AUSTRALIA is not prepared for the growing threat of a terrorist attack on its agricultural sector, a former senior intelligence analyst has warned. Carl Ungerer, a former senior analyst with the Office of National Assessments until 2002, told The Age the deliberate introduction of animal and plant diseases to Australia — often referred to as “agro-terrorism” — had been “overlooked and under-assessed” by federal authorities. Dr Ungerer, a lecturer in terrorism and world politics at the University of Queensland, said foot and mouth disease could cost billions of dollars in lost exports and cause big job losses in rural areas. People could be at risk if terrorists introduced avian influenza or mad cow disease, he said. Full Story

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