Fighting Terrorism and Crime

Issue 12

Fighting Terrorism and Crime

Our most important responsibility is to keep Australians safe and protect our way of life, values and freedom.

DISRUPTING TERROR PLOTS

Since September 2014, Australia’s law enforcement agencies have disrupted 15 major terrorist attack plots.

93 people have been charged from 41 counter-terrorism operations.

BOOSTING SECURITY AGENCIES

We’ve passed 17 packages of national security legislation. These are helping our intelligence and law enforcement agencies investigate, monitor, arrest and prosecute extremists.

The Government has boosted funding of our law enforcement, intelligence and security agencies by over $2.2 billion since 2014.

AVIATION SECURITY

We are investing $294 million to strengthen security at airports, mail and air cargo facilities.

CANCELLING CITIZENSHIP FOR TERRORIST CONDUCT

We have passed legislation to revoke citizenship of any dual-national who engages in terrorism. This includes foreign fighters who seek to return here.

COUNTERING RADICALISATION

The Government has also invested more than $45 million over four years in programs to counter radicalisation and remove online terrorist propaganda.

DEPORTING CRIMINALS

There’s no place in Australia for people who come here and harm Australians.

We have increased the Minister’s power to cancel visas for non-citizens convicted of a serious crime. This has resulted in a 12-fold increase in visa cancellations.

Since December 2014, the Government has cancelled the visas of nearly 4,400 dangerous criminals.

Last year alone, over 800 criminals had their visas cancelled, including: 13 for murder; 7 for manslaughter; 34 rapists and sex offenders; 53 for domestic violence; 56 for armed robbery; 100 child sex offenders; and 125 for assault.

CRACKING DOWN ON PAEDOPHILES

To protect children, we have cancelled the visas of more than 300 child sex offenders since 2014. We have stopped hundreds more at the border.

New laws introduced to parliament would ensure child sex offenders: spend longer in jail; are less likely to be granted bail and parole; face mandatory minimum sentences; and are closely supervised following their release.

We passed Carly’s Law, making it a crime for an adult to use a carriage service for causing harm to, or preparing for or engaging in or procuring sexual activity with, a minor.

We are taking steps to establish a National Public Register of Child Sex Offenders.

NATIONAL ANTI-GANGS SQUADS

We have extended the work of our National Anti-Gangs Squads to combat organised crime, thugs and bikie gangs with a $94.4 million funding boost in the Budget.

They have delivered: the arrest of more than 1,270 criminals; more than 4,000 charges laid; and the seizure of more than 3,850 illegal guns and more than 2,500 kgs of drugs and precursors.

STOPPING THE TRAFFICKING OF ILLEGAL FIREARMS

Our Government introduced legislation which doubles the maximum penalty and provides mandatory minimum five year sentences for the trafficking of illegal firearms.

Unfortunately, the Labor Party is opposing this legislation.

USING PROCEEDS OF CRIME TO FIGHT CRIME

We established a national unexplained wealth scheme to get criminals where it hurts: their hip pockets.

This gives agencies greater powers to seize criminal assets and use the proceeds of crime for crime prevention and law enforcement measures.

HELPING LOCAL COMMUNITIES FIGHT CRIME

The Coalition has worked with local councils and communities to make our streets safer, through 340 projects under the Safer Communities Fund.

Safer Communities funding is helping local communities address crime hotspots and anti-social behaviour through CCTV cameras, lighting and other activities.

This includes $30 million in extra funding for CCTV, lighting and other safety measures through our Safer Communities Fund.

Information current as at April 2019