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REFORMS PROMISED TO FIGHT CUSTOMS’ GRAFT AND CRIME – Saturday February 2 2013

– Australian customs services need massive reforms to confront corruption and organised crime, according to Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare, who has also vowed that officials involved in graft will be ripped out by the throat. Mr Clare has also … Continue reading

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NATIONWIDE CUSTOMS PROBE – Saturday December 22 2012

– Australia’s powerful police integrity watchdog is running a covert inquiry into alleged corruption at all the nation’s airports and ports. The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity’s Taskforce Natio has spent at least six months using phone taps and … Continue reading

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OVERHAUL TACKLES CORRUPT CUSTOMS CULTURE – Saturday December 22 2012

– The federal government has admitted the culture of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service needs a major overhaul, following allegations that some if its officers have been involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and organised crime. Home Affairs … Continue reading

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SMUGGLED GUNS: CUSTOMS OFFICERS LIED ABOUT SCAN – Friday December 21 2012

– Up to two dozen illegal handguns – including some bought by Sydney crime gangs – passed through Port Botany after customs officers falsified paperwork to wrongly claim they had X-rayed the container in which the weapons were hidden. A … Continue reading

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TRAINING BLAMED FOR DETECTION FAILURE – Thursday December 20 2012

– Failure by customs officers using X-ray equipment to detect drugs hidden in shipping containers at Sydney’s port was treated as a training deficiency and not referred to the agency’s specialist investigation unit, a report has found. The Australian Commission … Continue reading

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