I am honoured to be promoted to the Turnbull Cabinet, as Minister for Human Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation.
As Minister for Justice since the Coalition’s 2013 victory, I have worked closely with our law enforcement agencies to help make Australia a safer and more secure nation.There is much I am proud of following my time at the helm of Justice and Counter-Terrorism.
Counter-terrorism funding has increased $1.5 billion since we came to office – to strengthen intelligence capabilities, enhance border security measures and counter extremist messaging.
We passed eight tranches of legislation to strengthen our ability to investigate, monitor, arrest and prosecute home-grown extremists and returning foreign fighters.
Since September 2014, we have disrupted 14 major terror attack plots in Australia, 80 people have been charged, and 45 people have been convicted of terrorism related offences.
We have invested more than $45 million over four years in programs to counter radicalisation and remove online terrorist propaganda – more than triple the previous Labor Government.
We have strengthened AUSTRAC’s powers to crack down on money laundering and terrorism financing, and introduced laws to tackle foreign bribery and corporate crime.
We established the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to combine the intelligence, information and research capabilities of the Australian Crime Commission, CrimTrac and the Australian Institute of Criminology into a single agency.
We introduced Carly’s Law to crack down on online child predators. Just last week we implemented the biggest crackdown on child sex tourism ever, by banning passports for all registered child sex offenders. We also developed the toughest reforms in a generation targeting all aspects of the child sex offender cycle.
At the successful Counter-Terrorism COAG, after years of negotiation, we secured agreement from the states and territories to establish the use of facial biometrics in the fight against crime.
The National Firearms Amnesty was an extraordinary success with more than 51,000 firearms being handed in across Australia. Our country is a safer place as a result.
We set up National Anti-Gangs Squads to combat organised crime and bikie gangs: resulting in the arrest of more than 1,030 people; the laying of more than 3,170 charges; and the seizure of more than 5,600 illegal guns and gun parts, along with hundreds of kilograms of drugs.
We made significant inroads towards stopping the flow of illicit drugs, with record seizures and record arrests. We implemented Taskforce Blaze – a joint effort with China – that has seen more than 13 tonnes of drugs seized, including six tonnes of ice.
We unlocked the Proceeds of Crime Account to ensure these funds went towards fighting crime, as opposed to the Labor Government, which used it as a slush fund to pay down their debt.
I was also proud to provide the Australian Federal Police with a record $321.4 million funding injection in this year’s budget – the largest investment in their domestic capability in a decade.
There is still much work to do, but there is no doubt we are on the right track and our nation is more secure thanks to the hard work of the Turnbull Government.