Saturday August 31 2013
– More than two-thirds of the organised crime bosses listed as the greatest threats to Australia are located overseas.
The top-secret intelligence list contains the names of kingpins and syndicates, about 67% of whom are believed to be located overseas, and has been compiled by the Australian Crime Commission.
It is the first time any details have been revealed about the National Criminal Target List, which details the criminals who are under the watch of the commission and has been provided to the Australian Federal Police, state and territory police forces, ASIO and other federal agencies.
Details of the list have prompted calls for the commission to establish a presence overseas.
Commission chief executive John Lawler said the majority of overseas threats were based in south-east Asia.
While Mr Lawler did not comment on the nature of the threats, it is believed they are primarily involved in drug and arms trafficking, money laundering and extortion.
“Targets across state and territory borders had not been previously shared or known,” he said.
“For the first time the list has built a ‘real’ picture – a complete single source of truth – of the threat and risk associated with organised criminal targets.”
Mr Lawler said the list used a threat and risk methodology to identify crime risks, including syndicates and individuals.
It can be updated by police.
Australian Strategic Policy Institute deputy director Anthony Bergin said the commission had to establish a foreign bureau, given the escalating influence of international criminals in Australia.
“Given the growing links to regional criminals I’m surprised they don’t have an overseas network,” Mr Bergin said.
“The resources to fight these threats should be strengthened and the obvious way to do that would be to have an international presence.”
The commission relies on the Australian Federal Police, ASIO, Customs and the Attorney-General’s Department to address international concerns.
Fairfax Media reported on Friday that the funding of the federal police’s Indonesian office had become an election issue.
– Niño Bucci