Celebrating Australia’s best crime and violence prevention projects

Today I presented the 2017 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (AVCPA), which celebrates Australia’s most effective, community-based initiatives. These annual Awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across the nation in the development and implementation of projects to reduce crime and violence in the community. The Coalition Government firmly believes that all Australians have…

Successful Taskforce Blaze to continue fight against illicit drug scourge

One of Australia’s most successful defences against the scourge of illicit drugs will continue, following the extension of the Australia-China joint agency Taskforce Blaze. Today, in Beijing, I was pleased to witness the Australian Federal Police and Chinese National Narcotics Control Commission signing an agreement to extend the Taskforce until January 2018. Taskforce Blaze is…

$321.4 million investment in the Australian Federal Police

Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan today announced that the Turnbull Government is investing $321.4 million to bolster the capability of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and strengthen the protection of all Australians. The funding will provide for an additional 100 intelligence experts, over 100 tactical response and covert surveillance operators, and almost 100 forensic…

NEW PHASE FOR AUSTRALIA-INDONESIA COOPERATION ON JUSTICE AND SECURITY

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Attorney-General George Brandis and Minister for Justice Michael Keenan today announced a milestone for Australia’s cooperation with Indonesia on justice and security issues, the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice Phase II (AIPJ II).  “The AIPJ II recognises the common challenges faced by our two countries – and the opportunities we…

Australia and Indonesia: new approach to cut financial lifeline to terrorists

The Australian and Indonesian governments are joining forces on a new six-pronged approach to cut the financial lifelines that enable terrorists. Today, Australia and Indonesia’s financial intelligence agencies, AUSTRAC and PPATK, signed an agreement to target counter-terrorism financing and anti-money laundering. The PPATK-AUSTRAC Partnership Program 2017 builds on a seven year collaboration, and includes almost…

Extending Australia’s policing partnership with Papua New Guinea

The Australian Government is investing $48 million to extend our longstanding policing partnership with our Pacific neighbour, Papua New Guinea.   The 18-month extension to the Papua New Guinea-Australia Policing Partnership will extend the agreement to December 2018, which will mark 10 years since the partnership commenced.   This funding will ensure the continued presence…

WA AERIAL FIREFIGHTING FLEET POISED FOR FIRE SEASON

Western Australia’s firefighting capability has been given a significant boost with today’s launch of its full aerial firefighting fleet, including the powerful Erickson Aircrane ‘Georgia Peach’.  Minister for Justice Michael Keenan today joined Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Joe Francis, and Western Australian Minister for Environment, Albert Jacob, in launching the fleet at Woodman…