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Mick Palmer and Ken Moroney appointed to break deadlock on National Unexplained Wealth laws
THE HON. JASON CLARE MP CABINET SECRETARY MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE
24 June 2013
Mick Palmer and Ken Moroney appointed to break deadlock on National
Unexplained Wealth laws
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today appointed
former Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Palmer AO APM and former
New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney AO APM to work with the
Federal, State and Territory Governments to break the deadlock on national
unexplained wealth laws.
The appointments come in response to a recommendation of the Police Federation
of Australia to appoint an eminent person’s panel to assist in reaching agreement on
a national approach to targeting unexplained wealth and organised crime.
Mick Palmer is a career police officer with more than three decades of experience in
policing and law enforcement.
He served as Commissioner of the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency
Service agency from 1988-1994 and as Commissioner of the Australian Federal
Police from 1994 until March 2001.
Ken Moroney served as a member of the NSW Police Force between 1965 and
2007. Between 2002 and his retirement, Mr Moroney served as the 20th
Commissioner of the NSW Police Force, commanding a force of 19,500 personnel
with an annual budget of $2.2 billion.
Unexplained wealth laws reverse the onus of proof so criminals have to prove their
wealth was obtained legally. It makes it easier to confiscate their assets and is one of
the most effective ways to bring down organised criminals.
“Serious and organised crime is all about money. Money creates power in the
criminal underworld. Most of the criminals are more afraid of losing their money than
they are of going to jail.” Mr Clare said.
“If we are serious about tackling organised crime, one of the key things we have to
do is rip their assets off them.”
National unexplained wealth laws were a bipartisan recommendation of the
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement. The proposal has been put to
State and Territory Attorney’s General twice and been rejected. It was placed on the
agenda at the Council of Australian Governments meeting in April where the States
and Territories again did not agree to reform.
“I hope the appointment of Mick Palmer and Ken Moroney with their deep knowledge
and experience in law enforcement will break this deadlock and lead to strong
national unexplained wealth laws.” Mr Clare said.
Media contact: Ryan Hamilton - 0414 599 468 or Hayley Bester - 0477 365 479