Funds strengthen safety

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Perth Airport Need A Tradie? - Jaime Shurmer

PERTH Air­port’s Cus­toms House has stopped more than 12kg of metham­phetamines, 1.5 tonnes of mo­lasses to­bacco and more than 2000 pro­hib­ited weapons from en­ter­ing the coun­try since Jan­uary.

Weapons seized in­cluded firearms, knuck­le­dusters, knives and laser point­ers from air cargo.

Swan MHR Steve Irons vis­ited Perth Air­port’s Cus­toms House this month for a first-hand look at how cus­toms and bor­der pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers were ben­e­fit­ting from in­creases in Fed­eral fund­ing.

He at­tended with Se­na­tor Michaelia Cash, the as­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Immi- gra­tion and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion .

An in­crease in in­spec­tions of 250,000 mail ar­ti­cles and 50,000 air cargo con­sign­ments have taken place in Perth alone.

An ex­tra $88 mil­lion was an­nounced in Jan­uary to na­tion­ally boost the screen­ing of in­ter­na­tional mail and air and sea cargo to pre­vent drugs, firearms and ex­plo­sives from en­ter­ing the coun­try il­le­gally.

An ad­di­tional $8.5 mil­lion was also com­mit­ted to ex­pand the De­tec­tor Dog Pro­gram and pro­vide an ad­di­tional 15 de­tec­tor dog teams across Aus­tralia.

This in­cludes three ad­di­tional de­tec­tor dog teams in Perth to support the in­creased in­spec­tion and ex­am­i­na­tion of cargo.

Swan MHR Steve Irons vis­its Cus­toms House with Se­na­tor Michaelia Cash.

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