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Customs' role boosted in fight against drug traffic



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The Hon Warren Truss MP Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs Deputy Leader of the House

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16 March, 1998

CUSTOMS' ROLE BOOSTED IN FIGHT AGAINST DRUG TRAFFIC

The Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs, Warren Truss, has today welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement of increased resources for Customs to fight drug trafficking.

"The Prime Minister has today announced that an additional $4.4 million will be spent over four years to extend Customs intelligence analysis capacity," Mr Truss said.

"This is the second round of funding under the Federal Government's Tough On Drugs strategy. The strategy has significantly helped the Australian Customs Service to provide even better protection for Australian borders."

Mr Truss said the additional funding for intelligence analysis recognises the important role that intelligence plays in managing Australia's border and supporting other Commonwealth law enforcement agencies in their fight against drug trafficking.

Under the Federal Government's Tough On Drugs Strategy, more than $30 million has been allocated to the Australian Customs Service.

"It is significant that $6.7 million has been allocated to increased surveillance and intelligence, radio communications and border control activities in the Torres Strait region," Mr Truss said.

"We are developing the Torres Strait measures in close cooperation with local community leaders and State authorities. This work is well advanced.

"Today's announcement of further funding for Customs demonstrates that the Federal Government is serious about its Tough On Drugs strategy."

For further information contact: Andrew Hall (Minister’s office) (02) 6277 7790 / 0419 996 766