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Labor's dismal record on law and order

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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling Labor’s dismal record on law and order March 03, 2013

Labor has systematically reduced funding and personnel for Commonwealth Law Enforcement and has no credibility on their five minutes to midnight interest in what should be a critical national issue, Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection Michael Keenan said today.

"Labor have today announced a policy that is a replica of the Coalition's 2010 election policy on gangs. This is a Government with no fresh ideas of their own,” he said.

“If Gillard were serious about tackling crime Labor should start actually doing their job properly and stop crippling the very agencies that are tasked with fighting crime.

“Labor’s record on national and border security has been to make cuts in critical areas, including delaying their promise of 500 new AFP officers, using Commonwealth Proceeds of Crime funding to prop up their budget bottom line rather than for the intended purpose of crime prevention projects,” he said.

“Labor have attacked the ability of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to keep illegal weapons and drugs off our streets by slashing cargo inspections by $58.1 million.

“Labor have reduced the Customs budget and also axed 750 jobs at the same time diverting resources to deal with their self-made border protection crisis up north.

“The Australian Crime Commission, the agency responsible for investigating serious and organised crime has been ravaged by damaging cuts with of $22.18 million and 144 staff from a total of only 539 staff,” he said.

“If the Prime Minister wants to do more than throw spin at the people of Western Sydney her Government could start by reversing the $58.1 million funding to Customs to screen cargo as the Coalition has promised we will do if elected to government.

“Years of neglect and incompetent management of our law enforcement agencies cannot be reversed with the announcement of one more taskforce,” Mr Keenan said.

© Authorised by Michael Keenan MP, 203 Wanneroo Road, Tuart Hill WA 6060

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