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The Hon Christopher Pyne MP Shadow Minister for Justice & Border Protection Shadow Minister Assisting the Shadow Minister for Immigration & Citizenship

Wed, 13th February 2008

TERRORISM CASE HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF SECURITY AGENCIES

The commencement today of the country’s largest domestic terrorism case is a stark reminder of the importance of well-funded national security agencies, Opposition spokesman on Justice and Border Protection Christopher Pyne said today.

“This case is only possible due to the intelligence gathering of organisations like the Australian Federal Police and the

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. These organisations were well resourced by the previous government, but

will they be as well resourced under Kevin Rudd?” Mr Pyne said.

“The AFP and ASIO need whatever resources are required to continue their work in protecting Australia and her interests

from the threat of terrorism.

“Now is not the time for the fight against terrorism to suffer a setback due to the Labor Government slashing the budget

of these organisations and others fighting the war on terror.

“I have called repeatedly on the Prime Minister, Treasurer, Finance Minister and Minister for Home Affairs to confirm that

national security funding will not be cut in the next budget. Their silence has been deafening and suggests that Labor will

weaken our resources in the war on terror by cutting this budget.”