So the Customs Service has been infiltrated by criminals. Okay – that sort of thing is always going to happen.
Watching Jason Clare – the Minister of Home Affairs – in the Press Conference, he seems to think this is the Howard government’s fault. It seems the previous government had a small compliance department in Customs of about five people now increased to 45. So fewer front-line staff and a cut in budget had nothing to do with the current scandal. The Police report that they have been investigating for two years and the latest person arrested was at Customs for six years. The current government have been in office five years.
I’m somewhat bemused that Clare has stated that he is happy to see heads on stakes and people being sent to prison for up to 25 years. Aren’t we all – hopefully that tough on law and order approach will flow though to all crimes.
Update 1: Clare wants to “put the fear of God” into all Customs staff. Sounds like systematic bullying and intimidation.
Update 2: Still blaming the previous government – but says “we weren’t looking two years ago”. Journalist says “Your government was responsible …”. Clare struggling to explain why nothing has happened until now. Too busy blaming Howard, I think.