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Australian Border Force Becomes Front Line Agency Leading Operation Sovereign Borders

On 1 July 2015, the functions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service were integrated into a new Department. The Australian Border Force was established as the new front-line operational agency within the Department reflecting a greater focus on the border as a strategic national asset.  The integrated arrangements build on recent border protection reforms and the long history of the two organisations working closely together.

Roman Quaedvlieg was sworn in to his new role at a Parliament House ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday along with deputies and assistant commissioners.

Mr Quaedvlieg said he has unwavering confidence in his team as they undertake their mission to counter those ‘who would seek to exploit our prosperity and wealth for criminal gain’.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott hailed the ceremony as a historic day, saying the agency ushered in a new era of disciplined service.

Read more on Border.gov.au.

Source: www.border.gov.au

Australian Federal Police To Visit Rote Island Amid Asylum Seeker Boat Claims

Three Australian Federal Police officers will visit the Indonesian island of Rote where six crew members are being detained on people smuggling charges, according to Indonesian police.

A boat with 65 people from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar seeking asylum in New Zealand was intercepted by Australian authorities last month and sent back to Indonesia.

The police chief from the Indonesian island of Rote, where the asylum seekers swum ashore after their boat hit rocks, said the six crew had told him Australian authorities had paid them US$5000 each, as reported by Fairfax Media yesterday.

Read more in The Daily Liberal.

Source: www.dailyliberal.com.au