​Time to disorganise crime: NSW push

Issued: Friday, 3 October 2014

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NSW is pushing for national measures to combat organised crime including tough new laws to cut off financing and a nationwide register of firearms from cradle to grave.

Attorney General Brad Hazzard and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres have discussed the proposals with state, territory and federal ministers at the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council meeting in Victoria this week.

“Criminal groups exist primarily for profit and law-enforcement agencies have been increasingly targeting the flow of money, confiscating assets and disrupting opportunities for criminal enterprise,” Mr Hazzard said.

“NSW has raised with the Commonwealth the need for better regulation of alternative money remitters to prevent proceeds of crime being sent overseas, for example to pay for drugs imported into Australia,” Mr Hazzard said.

Minister Ayres said progress was being made in disrupting organised and serious crime operations and networks and work was being done with the Commonwealth to make it easier to confiscate proceeds of crime which appeared as unexplained wealth.

“We have proposed a National Firearms Licensing and Registration System that tracks the life of a firearm from production/importation to destruction,” Mr Ayres said.

“NSW has already introduced reforms that give police greater powers to ensure that those subject to a firearm prohibition order are compliant and are not buying or possessing firearms.

“We believe the community would benefit greatly from a national register, and we’d like to see other jurisdictions come on board,” Mr Ayres said.

The Liberals & Nationals Government has:

  • Modernised consorting laws making them more effective and with tougher penalties;

  • Updated restricted premises legislation so police can use it to shut down bikie club houses and other places where serious criminals gather;

  • Introduced new-style firearms prohibition orders, which are proving very effective in targeting gun and gang crime.

The NSW Police Force has also established dedicated squads targeting bikies and organised criminal groups and ramped up its investigation of money laundering, which is a key enabler of organised crime.