O'Dowd hails security spending
THE Liberal National Party proposes to restore $58.1m in funding cut by the Rudd-Gillard government and will provide an additional $35 million for security screening – a total of $93.1 million to strengthen Australia’s border security, according to the Opposition.
The LNP claims the Rudd-Gillard Government stripped away almost $60 million of funding from essential Customs activities that protect Australia from threats such as illicit drugs, and animal and plant disease.
LNP-endorsed candidate for Flynn Ken O’Dowd welcomed the announcement by Opposition leader Tony Abbott to strengthen security measures at Australia’s ports and airports.
“Labor’s funding cuts pose serious threat to Australia’s favourable pest and disease status, significantly increasing the risk of diseases entering our country and potentially causing significant harm to our food security and agriculture sector,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“The number of sea cargo inspections has fallen from a targeted 134,000 to 101,500 per annum – a reduction of 25 per cent and air cargo inspections also fell by 75% – from a targeted 6.2 million to 1.5 million per annum.”
He said as part of a Liberal-National Party, if it won the election, he would work hard to ensure the integrity of our borders is maintained and Australia’s food security not threatened in any way.