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A long time coming: the case for a white paper on Commonwealth law enforcement policy

By David Connery

Strong international, technological, political and social forces are changing the criminal challenge to Australia. These forces mean that the Australian Government will to need to take a greater role in law enforcement in the future.

It’s time for the federal cabinet to take a coordinated and strategic look at its law enforcement responsibilities, starting with a review of how today’s Commonwealth law enforcement system needs to adapt to the anticipated operating environment over the next 10–20 years.

This paper puts the case for a law enforcement white paper process that would assemble the arguments and allow the federal cabinet to decide on what role it will take in this central policy area.