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Labor must listen to Hawke Review and fund NCA

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October 13, 2011

The Gillard Government must immediately accept Dr Hawke’s recommendation to appropriately fund the NCA to undertake its responsibilities, Senator Humphries has said today.

Dr Hawke’s report says that:

The quantum of the NCA’s budget predicament is such that a major change in the form of the agency and/or abolition of an entire function would be required to achieve sustainability within existing resources. (Hawke Report p. 116)

“This is a damning indictment on the Government’s failure to fund the national capital.

“One of the key findings in Dr Hawke’s report is that the NCA is ‘inadequately resourced to do its job’,” Senator Humphries said today.

“Since 2008 Labor has eviscerated the NCA’s core budget. For the last 3 years I have been urging the Government to restore the NCA with the resources it needs to do its core work.

“The report even shows that the NCA has to divert funding from its core operations to respond to natural disasters. (Hawke Report p. 113)

“That the NCA is, according to Dr Hawke, ‘at risk of running out of cash during 2012-13’ shows that this Government has flagrant disregard for the nation’s capital. (Hawke Report p. 7)

“It is clear that the Government has cut what is beyond reasonable for the NCA to be effective.

“The Government must urgently accept Dr Hawke’s recommendation and restore funding to the NCA immediately,” Senator Humphries concluded.