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Rudd leaves AFP with $43 million deficit.



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

24 October 2008

MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release

Rudd leaves AFP with $43 million deficit

Efficiency dividends enforced by the Rudd Labor Government have left the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with a $43 million deficit.

Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs, Sussan Ley said it is a disgrace that the Rudd Government has put the safety of Australians at risk just to cover their poor economic management.

“According to 2008-09 Budget papers, released on 13 May 2008, the AFP was going to run a balanced budget in 2007-08,” she said.

“However, the AFP Annual report 2007-08 released this week reveals that the AFP have made an operating loss of $43 million.

“This revelation only demonstrates the extent to which the Rudd Labor Government has under-funded the AFP and the contempt they have shown our premier law enforcement agency since they have held office,” she said.

Ms Ley said adequate funding for the AFP has never been so important, with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation stating in its Annual Report that terrorism is the main threat to Australia’s national security.

“How can the Rudd Labor Government be cutting funds to one of our most important law enforcement agencies at a time when threats from terrorist groups are growing in our region?

“The Rudd Labor Government cannot be trusted to protect Australia from these serious threats to our national security,” Ms Ley said.

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Media contact: Georgina Wilson (02) 60213264 0428 213264 georgina.wilson@aph.gov.au