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…

Zero tolerance to inappropriate behaviour this holiday season

There will be no holiday exceptions for travellers acting inappropriately at Australian airports this holiday season. Australian law enforcement responds to an increasing number of incidents involving drunk or unruly passengers who think the ‘silly season’ is an excuse to behave badly.  This holiday season, the Australian Federal Police will be taking a hard-stance against…

Digital Youth Forum to counter hate speech and promote diversity online

Today, I am proud to officially open the digital youth forum ‘engage: our diverse digital future’. Supported by the Australian Government and led by the Digital Industry Group Incorporated (DIGI), the forum brings together 150 people from around Australia and from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds to promote tolerance, diversity and positive engagement online. The…

Specialist fraud, bribery and corruption team established in Perth

The Coalition Government has announced the establishment of a Perth-based specialist fraud and anti-corruption team that will prioritise foreign bribery investigations. The team is a key aspect of the $15 million in additional funding provided to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) earlier this year to bolster Australia’s capability to respond to serious and complex fraud,…

Fighting terrorism – A Counter Narrative Guide for South East Asia

Today I released the world’s first how-to-guide to undermine violent extremist narratives across South East Asia. The document was developed with the support of the Australian Government by the Hedayah Institute, the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While there are other counter narrative ‘how to’…

New Canberra Headquarters for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

Today, I opened the new $1.8 million Canberra headquarters for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) where an expanded ACLEI will host multi-agency taskforces to tackle complex corruption. The new secure facility includes state-of-the-art security features designed to protect sensitive information obtained by ACLEI and its partners. The opening of the new premises…