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Monday, 4 September 2006
Page: 150

Senator Ludwig asked the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 10 May 2006:

With reference to the Australian Crime Commission 2004-05 annual report, in particular statements regarding the increasing number of strategic intelligence products disseminated:

(a)   what are the reasons behind this increase; and

(b)   has this trend continued in the 2005-06 financial year.

Senator Ellison (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(a)   In 2004-05, there was a marked increase in the number of strategic intelligence products released by the ACC. This was primarily in response to a rapidly expanding range of criminal issues for which partner agencies were seeking a national intelligence perspective and strategic overview. The ACC has increased production of Operational Intelligence Reports to support operational policing decisions and understanding by partner agencies in relation to organised crime issues of national significance.

(b)   Consequently in 2005-06, the number of strategic products being produced has decreased from the elevated numbers of 2004-05. Following a major review of ACC intelligence products, the range was revised to more effectively facilitate and support client decision making requirements.