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

DISRUPTING TERROR PLOTS

Since September 2014, Australia’s law enforcement agencies have disrupted 18 major terrorist attack plots.

128 people have been charged as a result of 59 counter‑terrorism related operations around Australia.

52 terrorist offenders are currently behind bars for committing a Commonwealth terrorism offence.

BOOSTING SECURITY AGENCIES

We’ve passed 22 tranches 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 billion since 2014.

CANCELLING CITIZENSHIP FOR TERRORIST CONDUCT

Recent legislation passed by Parliament means a person who is a dual national can cease to be an Australian citizen if they act in a way that is inconsistent with allegiance to Australia.

This includes: engaging in terrorism related conduct; fighting for a declared terrorist organisation outside Australia, or being sentenced for at least 3 years for specified terrorism offences.

20 people have lost their Australian citizenship through terrorism-related actions.

COUNTERING RADICALISATION

Since 2013-14, the government has allocated more than $61 million to Countering Violent Extremism programs, including more than $13 million for intervention programs.

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.

Between December 2014 and November 2020, the Government cancelled or refused the visas of over 8,500 dangerous criminals.

This includes: 209 for murder; 404 for rape or sexual assault; 684 child sex offenders; 468 for armed robbery; and 1,461 for drug offenses.

A STRONGER DEFENCE FORCE

To protect Australia’s future security and interests we are undertaking the biggest rebuild of our Navy, Army and Air Force since World War Two.

The 2020 Defence Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan outline our plan to invest over $270 billion in Australia’s defence capability over the next ten years.

TACKLING FOREIGN INTERFERENCE

We have strengthened Australia’s capacity to defend against foreign interference.

Legislation was passed in 2018 which:

  • criminalises covert and deceptive activities of foreign actors;
  • requires people to register if they engage in lobbying on behalf of a foreign principal;
  • creates a Register of Critical Infrastructure Assets.

The recently passed Australia’s Foreign Relations Bill gives the Australian Government the power to veto agreements with foreign countries struck by state and local governments, as well as universities.

SECURE BORDERS

Under Labor, over 50,000 people arrived on over 800 illegal boats. The cost of Labor losing control of our borders is $17 billion and counting.

Our effective policies, first enacted by Scott Morrison as Immigration Minister, include:

  • offshore processing;
  • Temporary Protection Visas (which deny people smugglers a product to sell);
  • boat turn-backs when it is safe to do so.

Stopping the boats has enabled the Government to close 19 detention centres and remove all children from detention.

CYBER SECURITY

The Morrison Government is investing a total of $1.7 billion in a cyber-security plan to keep Australians safe and secure online.

An additional $450 million is being provided for our law enforcement and intelligence agencies to keep Australians safe from foreign and domestic threats.

FIGHTING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

To protect children, the Government has cancelled the visas of 684 child sex offenders since 2014. We have stopped hundreds more at the border.

In June 2020, new laws increased maximum penalties (including up to life imprisonment) and introduced mandatory minimum sentences for serious and repeat child sex offenders.

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.

TACKLING ILLEGAL DRUGS

In 2019-20, Australian Border Force Officers made over 40,000 detections of illicit, prohibited and restricted drugs, and seized over 10 tonnes of major illicit drugs and precursors.

The Government is working with other governments to stop drugs at their source.

For example, the Government established Taskforce Blaze – the first ever task force of its kind between agencies in Australia and China – which has seized more than 20 tonnes of drugs and precursors destined for Australia over the past 3 years – including 7.8 tonnes of methamphetamine.

The Liberal and Nationals Government has sent drug offenders packing. Between December 2014 and 31 December 2020, we have cancelled or refused the visas of 1,461 people for drug offences.

NATIONAL ANTI-GANGS SQUADS

In 2014, the Coalition Government established National Anti-Gangs Squads, to detect, deter and disrupt the activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Since then, operations have led to the arrest of more than 1,330 offenders and the seizure of over 6,000 illicit firearms and firearms parts and over 2.5 tonnes of illicit drugs and precursors (as at 31 December 2020).

STOPPING THE TRAFFICKING OF ILLEGAL FIREARMS

Our Government introduced legislation to double the maximum penalty and provide mandatory minimum five year sentences for the trafficking of illegal firearms.

Unfortunately, Labor opposed this legislation.

KEEPING AUSTRALIANS SAFE ONLINE

In 2015, the Government established the world’s first Children’s eSafety Commissioner, now the eSafety Commissioner for all Australians.

In 2019-20, the eSafety Commissioner assisted 690 children and young people experiencing serious cyberbullying, 2,702 victims of image-based abuse and 1,064 victims of adult cyber abuse. Investigations were made into 13,484 items of illegal content, including child sexual abuse material.

In the last five years the eSafety Commissioner has reached over 500,000 students, parents and community groups, investigated over 40,000 cases of illegal online content, and addressed thousands of complaints about serious cyberbullying online.

The Government is developing a new Online Safety Act which will further strengthen protections against cyber bullying, cyber abuse and violent material online.

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, as well as drug addiction treatment and diversionary measures.

By contrast, Labor previously used money in the Confiscated Assets Account to boost its Budget bottom line.

HELPING LOCAL COMMUNITIES FIGHT CRIME

In the past 6 years, the Safer Communities Fund has provided almost 500 grants to schools and community organisations to deliver youth engagement projects and provide security infrastructure.

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

As part of the 2020-21 Budget the Government announced that the Safer Communities Fund will continue for a sixth round, receiving $35 million over four years to ensure community and local government organisations can address crime and anti-social behaviour.

Information current as at January 2021