Australian Federal Police Commissioner Tony Negus Discusses the Launch of the New Criminal Asset Confiscation Taskforce
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (News4us.com) March 10, 2011
At an official Press Conference held at Archerfield Airport Brisbane. The Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police Tony Negus along with the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Brendan O’Connor MP, fielded questions on the launch of the new Criminal Asset Confiscation taskforce.
Commissioner Negus commented that criminal asset confiscation needed to be approached from a more holistic approach, compared to past legal actions being carried out by individual government agencies.
New strategies would evolve and be developed through the taskforce that would see greater co-ordination across all the Commonwealth agencies in the fight against organized crime and the proceeds acquired through these illegal activities.
The Commissioner went on to say that to dismantle and disrupt crime there was an intrinsic need to take the incentive out of committing the crime in the first place. That incentive being the monetary gains associated with illegal activities.
Once criminals have amassed wealth, it is so much easier to expand the criminal empire into other avenues and gain further wealth. Taking away the money not only ensures limiting further expansion, but it makes it harder to re-establish their criminal activities at a later date.
Statistics show that criminal enterprises account for between $10 to $15 billion a year in Australia alone. As the levels of criminal sophistication rise with ever evolving technological advancements, so a more up-to-date form of crime fighting taskforce is required, with a wider range of skills and working in unison to effectively combat the problem.
He went on to say, “There are quite sophisticated money laundering schemes and transactions and, as we know, internationally through the internet and other things, money moves very quickly. So, to be ahead of that game, or at least keep pace with it, we need to make sure that we leverage off all the experiences across the Commonwealth agencies”.
“We’ve said for many years now that really money is the heart of organised crime. If we can take the money away then that really hurts, it really hurts organised crime where they feel it most”.
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