HE’S Australia’s answer to Kevin Costner. Pictures of him with his arms around Julia Gillard, protecting her from angry protesters, have made news around the world, and this morning breakfast shows played him the ultimate compliment and played Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You over the footage.
TV hosts were comparing his chiseled good looks to those of Heath Ledger and speculated that Hollywood casting agents would soon be calling.
So who is he?
The Australian Federal Police haven’t revealed the bodyguard’s name but what they will say is that his actions yesterday were by the book
“Threat” is not the word the Prime Minister’s close personal protection detail often hears over their earpieces but that single word is enough to trigger the protocol that results in her immediate removal from danger.
Security sources revealed there are no colourful codewords used when the prime minister comes under attack. It’s not Hollywood.
“Our saying is to run and hide not to stand and fight,” they said.
“If there is a weapon, you would use ‘threat gun or threat knife’ and usually the direction it’s coming from; ‘threat front, threat rear’.
“That’s the signal to grab her, see what and where the threat is coming from. Our job is to bundle them up and get them to safety.”