Argument: Laser attacks are a growing threat to public safety
Australian Minister for Police and Emergency Services Simon Corbell said in June 2008 - "The increasing number of incidents involving people using these items to target aircraft and vehicles creates a significant risk to the community and cannot be ignored. Laser pointers are dangerous when misused in this fashion, as they distract pilots and may even cause eye damage."
Spokesman Peter Gibson of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority said in 2008 after a coordinated laser pointer attack: "Normally we just get one and it is intermittent. It is happening probably five or six times a week so almost every day somewhere around Australia, someone is pointing a laser at an aircraft. Unfortunately it is not amusing. It is in fact serious."