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Sussan Ley appointed Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs.



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The Hon SUSSAN LEY MP Federal Member for Farrer Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs

22 September 2008

MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release

Sussan Ley appointed Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs

Leader of the Opposition Malcolm Turnbull has appointed Sussan Ley to his shadow ministry in the role of Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs.

Ms Ley will be working with the Shadow Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis SC. The responsibilities of this role include Customs and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

"The AFP and the Australian Customs Service perform a magnificent job and it is important that we, the Opposition, ensure that the Rudd Labor Government provides these organisations with the support needed to allow them to work effectively," Ms Ley said.

"We need to ensure that Mr Rudd does not strip either the Federal Police or the Customs Service of the essential powers needed to provide physical and intellectual security to our citizens and that his outrageous cost cutting and derogatory manner towards the public service does not prevent these organisations from doing their jobs,” she said.

Ms Ley said the Coalition had a strong record of guaranteeing our security and handed the Rudd Government systems and resources second to none in the world.

“We have worked to secure our borders from many threats, be they environmental or physical and I will be working to ensure that the Rudd Labor Government does not diminish the essential need for such protection,” she said.

Ms Ley said governments must recognise and act upon the advice and intelligence provided by the Australian Federal Police and Customs.

“Where circumstances are changing rapidly, a greater focus on these agencies is needed if we are serious about keeping our nation secure,” she said.

Ms Ley said the nature of issues dealt with by the AFP and Customs varies from intercepting illegal drugs, trafficking, counter terrorism and the importation of illegal and unsafe goods to the prevention of cyber-crime.

"I will be working with Senator Brandis and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Jason Wood to ensure that the AFP and the Australian Customs Services are provided with the resources and legislation to ensure Australians do not have their safety compromised or threatened," Ms Ley said.

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