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Federal police warn foreign governments are backing organized crime in Australia

Drug cartels and other organized crime groups are being infiltrated and facilitated by hostile foreign governments to sell filthy cash and illicit substances in Australia.

The dangerous assessment was carried out by the country’s top policeman at a Sydney meeting of key crime-fighting figures from the Five Eyes countries of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw, who is currently chair of the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (FLEG), says a “long shadow of organized crime and state aggression” is fueling a rise in serious crimes.

“State actors and citizens of certain countries are using our countries at the expense of our sovereignty and economies,” Commissioner Kershaw told a gathering of representatives from domestic and international agencies on Wednesday night.

Speaking to top figures from organizations including the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, New Zealand Police and the UK’s National Crime Agency, Commissioner Kershaw confirmed that “federal crime is on the rise in Australia”.

“Contributing to this increase is the long shadow of organized crime and state aggression,” he told his audience, which included new Attorney-General Mark Dreyfuss.

“For AFP, geopolitics and regional instability continue to affect our strategic priorities,” he said.

“Our operational focus is to combat terrorism, espionage and foreign interference; child abuse; cyber; fraud, and transnational serious organized crime – what we call transnational, serious and organized crime (TSOC).

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