Monday, October 6th, 2014

Today some of the nation's most senior law makers and law enforcers meet in Victoria to discuss the ongoing operations and commitment to keeping Australia safe.

Now more than ever before, it is vital that Police Ministers and law makers are at the same table.

In this time of heightened threat, information sharing is critical, community awareness is a priority, and the commitment from law-enforcement leaders and dedication of state and federal officers to work together to keep Australians safe is paramount.

The second meeting of the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council (LCCSC) – where Attorneys Generals and Police and Emergency Services Ministers gather at the one table with law enforcement chiefs from across the nation – is taking place in Geelong today.

The LCCSC model was an election commitment from the Federal Coalition Government.

The first meeting was held in Melbourne in July, and today at the second meeting the Commonwealth will lead discussion on the significantly changed security environment.

ASIO will brief ministers on the national security threat assessment. The Australian Federal Police will discuss operational outcomes of recent raids and need for increased awareness.

The LCCSC model ensures information sharing and communication between state and federal law enforcement agencies is unprecedented and provides a valuable opportunity for state and territory Ministers to discuss issues of mutual interest with the Commonwealth.

I will also brief the States on the Commonwealth's $630 million for counter terrorism measures to assist law and intelligence agencies, and take them through the three-stages of Commonwealth legislation reform under way.

A communique will be released following conclusion of today's meetings at www.lccsc.gov.au

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