Terrorism and cross-border organised crime from South and Southeast Asia continue to impact upon Australia and drive significant strategic and tactical planning responses by domestic and international law enforcement and security agencies, according to a Charles Sturt University (CSU) lecturer.
Associate Professor Mark Briskey, an adjunct senior lecturer at the CSU Australian Graduate School of Policing
in Manly, examined what the implications are for Australia, and in particular Western Australia, in a presentation, Terrorism & cross-border organised crime in South & Southeast Asia: Implications for Western Australia
, he delivered at a conference in Perth on Wednesday 4 August.
“Since at least 1999 the impact of types of cross-border organised crime, such as people smuggling, have been and remain visible and contentious criminal and political issues for law enforcement and government,” Professor Briskey said.
“Terrorism has had a similar impact since 2001, and especially so since the 2002 Bali and 2004 Jakarta bombings.
“Similarly, the identification of Australian citizens, and other persons connected to South and Southeast Asian terrorist networks, has also driven fundamental changes in law enforcement strategy and practice.
“As well as terrorism and people smuggling, enduring transnational crime types such as drug smuggling and money laundering, and newer types of crime such as cyber crime, continue to present challenges for law enforcement.
“My presentation critically considered the historic and contemporary impact of South and Southeast Asian terrorism and cross-border crime upon Western Australia as well as identifying specific problems and alternative solutions,” he said.