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AFP says Turnbull's cuts risk its capacity to fight crime



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CLARE O’NEIL MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR JUSTICE MEMBER FOR HOTHAM

AFP SAYS TURNBULL’S CUTS RISK ITS CAPACITY TO FIGHT CRIME

Labor is appalled by revelations that the Turnbull Government has risked the Australian Federal Police's capacity to fight crime.

Reports in today’s Daily Telegraph confirm that the AFP has been operating under financial pressure over the past 12 months, leaving it with reduced operational capacity for its crime operations.

Internal AFP documents also reveal that the Government failed to provide the AFP with money to give its staff a pay rise.

And just this week, AFP personnel were forced to reject the Government’s proposed Enterprise Agreement, which could have left some officers up to $40,000 worse-off.

The brave men and women of the AFP are on the frontline of the fight against terrorists and organised crime. The fact that the Turnbull Government tried to cut their resources, their pay and conditions in this climate is appalling.

Labor believes that our brave AFP officers should be paid fairly and that the AFP should receive the resources it needs to keep Australia safe.

Malcolm Turnbull and his Government clearly believe tax cuts for big business are more important than funding the AFP.

The safety of Australians should not be put at risk by Malcolm Turnbull’s Government.

Malcolm Turnbull and Michael Keenan must immediately justify their decision to cut funding to the AFP and explain what they will now do to ensure the AFP is properly resourced.

FRIDAY, 14 JULY 2017

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