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Australian Customs taskforce to get rid of corrupt officers

Australian Customs taskforce to get rid of corrupt officers

SYDNEY: The Australian government has announced to set up a taskforce to weed out corrupt customs and border protection officers.

The immigration and border protection minister, Scott Morrison, announced Taskforce Pharos alongside Australian Customs CEO Michael Pezzullo in Sydney on Wednesday.

Citing projected increases in air cargo, shipping cargo and international traveller numbers, Morrison said that the “increasingly dynamic” supply chains were providing opportunities for organised criminal groups to “camouflage themselves”.

He said the taskforce will focus on members of customs and border protection agencies “who think they can lie low while the heat passes”.