Peace pilgrims need a reality check, says Landry
FEDERAL Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has slammed a group of Capricorn "peace pilgrims" who threaten to disrupt a key military training exercise with the United States near Rockhampton next year.
Ms Landry's comments came after the Australian Government yesterday announced it would invest more than $64 million in measures to reduce the threat of terrorism at home and abroad.
The Capricorn Peace Convergence claims 100 peace pilgrims will disrupt the joint Talisman Sabre military exercise at Shoalwater Bay next July.
But Ms Landry described the group as being "out of touch" with current world events and blind to dangers that the nation faces from young Australians leaving to fight for extremists in the Middle East.
She said the peace activists also failed to recognise the enormous economic value of hosting the US military in Central Queensland.
"These people need to do a bit of navel gazing," she said.
"Look at recent news events: beheadings in the Middle East, young Australians acting as foreign fighters for terrorists overseas, innocent people being killed and starved in Iraq and Syria and innocent Australians killed when flight MH17 was shot down by a military weapon.
"While Australians are dealing with some serious global issues, these Capricorn peace protesters want to dress up in flowery clothing and chain themselves to our airport fence.
"They really should take a reality check."
Ms Landry said she backed the Australian Government's counter-terrorism package, which includes measures to stop Australian citizens from acting as foreign fighters for the pro-terrorism causes overseas.