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Attorney-General supports AFP work for missing persons.



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4 August 2008

ATTORNEY-GENERAL SUPPORTS AFP WORK FOR MISSING PERSONS The Attorney-General Robert McClelland has voiced the Australian Government’s support for the Australian Federal Police and other state and territory policing agencies in their difficult work reuniting missing persons with their families.

“The pain of having a family member or friend go missing is intense, and made even worse by not being able to ask why, or even find out if the missing person is safe,” Mr McClelland said.

“Going missing is not a crime and the AFP is often called upon to balance the competing priorities of the missing person and their loved ones in intensely emotional family settings.

“I applaud the work of the AFP in this area and I encourage parents to keep the lines of communication open with their children.”

The Attorney-General expressed his thanks during National Missing Persons Week.

National Missing Persons Week will run until 9 August and young people and their parents are asked not to close the door to communication with the message ‘When communication goes missing, so do our youth. Don’t close the door to communication’.

If you think you have information on a missing person, or are interested in learning more about missing people and the agencies which help them, visit www.missingpersons.gov.au or ring the National Missing Person’s Coordination Centre on 1800 000 634.

Media Contact: Glen Paul 0417 066 497