Following the crash of the Germanwings aircraft the Australian Government has changed the regulations to require two people to be in the cabin at any time and EU airlines will have similar requirements to those for American aircraft. Tram drivers on the other hand are alone in control of the tram, controlling when the doors open, and are not subjected to any psychological screening. However tram drivers will not be the main concern.
Murdoch newspapers have been used to attack individuals such as James Callaghan, Peter Slipper and Kevin Rudd, but they can readily be turned into weapons of mass destruction.
|CG image of Citadis X05 concealing the length|
A modern tram can be immobilised, with the brakes automatically applied, by superglueing, say, a small block of wood to the frame of one of the exit doors. All a "lone wolf" has to do is effect delays at stops between Circular Quay and Rawson Place with a Murdoch newspaper, a walking stick, umbrella or crutch or a body part, causing the tram to miss traffic lights. Then the coup de grâce is delivered at the Rawson Place stop. On exiting from one of the doors of the rear carriage a small object is superglued to the frame of the door or the floor. By the time the driver has gotten out to investigate why the door will not close the fate of the up to 450 passengers in the tram and the 450 passengers in the following tram is sealed.
|Sight lines at Rawson Place stop|
The "lone wolf" attack can take place at any time of the day between 7 am and 7 pm any day of the week - he can choose the time when there are the most passengers on the trams for maximum impact. When the George Street trams are in operation any individual can institute an attack at any time in the future life of the City of Sydney - New South Wales will remain on maximum level security alert for the rest of its history.
Baird's scripted response to the election result was that voters had decided between fear and hope, but the situation is hopeless - there will never be any respite from the fear of attack from extremists.