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Budget 2003: Tough on Drugs: Fact sheet 5



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BUDGET 2003-2004

Fact Sheet 5

THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S PORTFOLIO

TOUGH ON DRUGS

The Howard Government will build on the achievements of its Tough On Drugs policy with an additional $12 million in funding support for key new measures in the 2003-04 Budget.

The new measures will assist in addressing a priority for Government, emerging issues related to the manufacture and illicit use of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS).

The Government’s multi-faceted approach will address emerging threats and is designed reduce the supply of amphetamines - in much the same way that the Howard Government’s Tough on Drugs strategy contributed to a heroin shortage on Australian streets and saved lives.

The Commonwealth Government’s commitment to, and success in, reducing the use and trafficking in illicit drugs was recognised in the International Narcotic Control Board’s Annual Report for 2002 which was released in February 2003.

These significant measures contribute to more than $1 billion the Government has committed to its National Illicit Drug Strategy (NIDS).

The $12 million funding for new measures is additional to the $34.0 million in funding which has been extended over the next four years for a range of other supply reduction measures.

PREVENT DIVERSION OF PRECURSOR CHEMICALS

The National Strategy to Prevent the Diversion of Precursor Chemicals will identify, inhibit and disrupt the diversion of precursor chemicals into illicit drug manufacture, particularly ATS.

The strategy will include a national forensic database on illicit drug laboratories, strategic research and analysis of existing and emerging threats, partnership initiatives with industry and awareness raising initiatives amongst key workforce sectors.

Measure

2003 - 04 $m

2004 - 05 $m

2005 - 06 $m

2006 - 07 $m

Total $m

Prevent Diversion of Precursor Chemicals into Illicit Drug Manufacture

1.1 1.1 1.0 1.1 4.3

DRUG USE MONITORING IN AUSTRALIA

The Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) research program will receive funding of $4.3 million to continue the national collection of data from police detainees over the next four years.

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DUMA allows local police to monitor the impact of illicit drugs on their streets with high quality data obtained from people who have been apprehended. The data enables police and criminal justice practitioners to assess and evaluate their street-level drugs markets.

Six sites (Brisbane, Southport, Adelaide, Parramatta, Bankstown and East Perth) will provide data on illicit drug markets over time, the relationship between drug use and offending, and drug treatment needs of the offender population. The information will assist in the development of policy and practice in law enforcement and health across Australia.

Measure

2003 - 04 $m

2004 - 05 $m

2005 - 06 $m

2006 - 07 $m

Total $m

Drug Use Monitoring in Australia 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0 4.3

FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITY

Australia’s financial intelligence capabilities, through the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), will be boosted by $3.4 million in 2003-04 to tackle money-laundering associated with drug trafficking, particularly the production and distribution of psycho-stimulants.

Additional regulatory expertise and analytical data-mining tools will enhance AUSTRAC’s ability to provide information and evidence on financial transactions of criminal networks responsible for illicit drug trafficking.

Measure

2003 - 04 $m

2004 - 05 $m

2005 - 06 $m

2006 - 07 $m

Total $m

Financial intelligence capacity

3.4 - - - 3.4

The Government has also extended funding - worth a total of $34.0 million over the next four years - for a range of supply reduction measures.

This funding will guarantee the ongoing operational effectiveness of Commonwealth law enforcement by supporting:

• international law enforcement liaison, cooperation and assistance; • telephone interception capabilities; • the targeting of high risk financial dealing; and • improved integration of financial intelligence into major drug and money laundering

investigations.

The Government has committed more than $1 billion to its National Illicit Drug Strategy (NIDS) from 1997 to 2007 to ensure Australia has a balanced and multi-faceted approach to tackling illicit drugs.

Media Contact: Mairi Barton (02) 6277 7260 or 0439 300 335 www.law.gov.au/budget