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National approach to suburban violence must begin with restoring funding and personnel to federal law enforcement agencies



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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling National approach to suburban violence must begin with restoring funding and personnel to federal law enforcement agencies January 16, 2013

Today the Prime Minister announced that the Labor Party will look at a national approach to suburban violence yet failed to mention that since coming to office they have stripped millions of dollars in funding and slashed hundreds of jobs from Australia’s crime fighting agencies, Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection Michael Keenan said.

“This announcement is sadly typical of the way this Government operates,” Mr Keenan said.

“They identify and pledge to tackle a problem that they have contributed significantly to creating.

“For years the Labor Party has systematically degraded our federal law enforcement agencies, which has contributed to the problem of violence on our streets.

“Slashing Customs and Border Protection has meant more opportunities for criminals to put drugs and guns on our streets.

“We have seen recent revelations of Customs officers involved in extensive corruption at Sydney airport - including allegations of aiding drug traffickers and money laundering for the very bikie gangs that are terrorising Sydney streets.

“Labor have slashed 750 Customs jobs since coming to power, which has significantly weakened the agency and left it open to penetration from criminal syndicates.

“Under Labor less than 10 per cent of air cargo and less than 5 per cent of sea cargo are inspected when they enter Australia’s borders - giving criminals a 90-95 per cent chance of successfully smuggling weapons, drugs and other contraband into our community.

“Extensive cuts to the Australian Crime Commission means that the Commonwealth’s capacity to provide intelligence on organised crime is severely limited.

“Similarly cuts to the Australian Federal Police have impacted on their ability to function to their full ability.

“These cuts come at a time when an enormous amount of police resources are being directed to dealing with Labor’s self induced border protection crisis.

“If the Prime Minister and the Labor Party are serious about stopping suburban violence then they should start by doing the job they already have properly, “Mr Keenan said.

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

www.keenan.net.au

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