Amid increasing public fears about Australia's support for the United States in its showdown with Iraq, the government is distributing a kit outlining what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. The anti-terrorism kit includes a 20-page booklet, a letter from Prime Minister John Howard and a fridge magnet with key emergency telephone numbers. In the letter, Mr Howard stresses the need to 'strike the right balance between sensible precaution and unnecessary alarm'. Over the next two weeks millions of kits will be delivered to households, including remote outback cattle stations, far-flung Aboriginal communities and towns that have never been heard of by most Australians, let alone the world's terrorists. The booklet advises the public to put together emergency supplies consisting of a torch, a battery-operated radio, a first-aid kit and latex gloves. It contains practical hints on everything from how to dress a wound to how to report suspicious behaviour, such as the filming of government buildings and the purchase of large quantities of fertilisers. 'In a chemical, biological or radiological incident,' the pamphlet advises in tones reminiscent of the Cold War era, 'the most important thing to remember is to minimise your exposure, then watch your television or listen to your radio and wait for emergency services to tell you what to do.' The pack is part of an A$15 million (HK$69 million) TV, radio and newspaper campaign highlighting the increased dangers of terrorist attack on Australian soil in the wake of the September 11 terrorist strikes on the US and last October's nightclub bombings in Bali, in which about 90 Australians were killed. Recalling the Bali attacks, in which a car bomb exploded in the popular Kuta nightclub district, the booklet warns: 'Vehicles may be parked for an unusually long time, sometimes in no-parking areas. Explosives can be heavy, so cars and vans may sit abnormally low on their suspension.' The government insists the booklet is intended to inform, not frighten, the public, in line with its official advice that Australians should be 'alert but not alarmed' in response to the increased terrorist threat. Attorney-General Daryl Williams said the threat of a terrorist attack was real. He said Osama bin Laden had mentioned Australia three times in broadcasts in the past few months. But the opposition Labor Party labelled the initiative a waste of money, saying the funds would have been better spent on schools and hospitals. In Queensland, the mayor of Brisbane, Jim Soorley, urged people to send the package back to the government in Canberra as a sign of their opposition to Australian involvement in any US-led attack on Iraq.