Funds strengthen safety
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.