Saturday, September 25, 2010

More guidance needed on Delhi risks, Bishop says

The Federal Opposition says the Government should be telling Australian athletes whether or not it is safe to travel to the Commonwealth Games in India.

The Government has encouraged athletes and supporters to monitor its travel advice for Delhi and then make up their own mind about attending.

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop says that position is understandable.

She says India should be given every chance to stage the Games, but she has told ABC 1's Insiders program that more specific guidance is needed.

"I think in this instance, the Government having access to so much security and intelligence information, what they need to do is give the athletes their assessment, that is the Government's own assessment of the security risk and the adequacy of the security arrangements," she said.

"Now no government can give a guarantee as to the security arrangements, but they're on the ground, they have access to a whole range of security information that the athletes possibly cannot access and so I believe the Government should give more guidance."

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