Is NSW Premier Mike Baird so concerned about the reaction to Sydney’s lockout laws that he is installing bullet-proof glass? A request for information uploaded to the NSW government’s eTender website this week shows that the Department of Premier and Cabinet is researching “bullet resistant glazing”. According to the notice, they are looking for:

Potential providers/suppliers that can retro fit a high-rise commercial window curtain wall(s) that will adhere to the Australian Standard A/NZS2343:1997 (Bullet-resistant panels and elements) for bullet resistant glazing, designed and applied to an R2 rating.”

It’s not an official call for tender yet, but a scoping exercise. So why is bullet-resistant glazing needed? Have threats been made against the Premier? A response from the Department of Premier and Cabinet says it’s not so:

“While there is no immediate threat, the safety of visitors, staff and contractors to state government facilities is of paramount importance to the NSW Government. Following formal threat and risk assessment by appropriately qualified external advisers, and advice from NSW Police, the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet is investigating several options to strengthen infrastructure, including but not limited to windows. Security expenditure is considered through normal budget processes.”

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