Federal police anti-porn operations cut by razor gang

$40 million sliced from cyber safety, anti-child porn initiatives

The Rudd government's razor gang has cut funding from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) anti-child porn operations, including its online capability.

Some $2.8 million will slashed from the Online Child Sex Exploitation Team which last month caught 90 paedophiles in Australia's largest child pornography sting.

A further $37.2 million will be cut from the former government's protecting Australian Families Online initiative over five years.

The now rebranded Cybersafety Plan will allocate $126 million over four years to fund AFP investigations into child porn and recruit an additional 91 officers to online child protection by 2011.

The opt-in NetAlert filter will also be scrapped in exchange for a opt-out national Internet content filtering scheme.

Shadow communications minister Bruce Billson said the cuts will hinder future law enforcement efforts to combat child porn.

"The government razor gang wants to cut funding designed to specifically target online child sex exploitation and to help keep our children safe online," Billson said.

"The Rudd Labor government must reverse these naive and dangerous funding cuts immediately and show that they are serious about online safety."

Up to 2883 Australian IP addresses were identified as having accessed child pornography images as part of Operation Centurion, a six-month long sting in conjunction with an Interpol paedophile investigation spanning 170 countries.

One million images were found in the sting, which identified suspects ranging between 19 and 81 years old.

The international investigation was sparked after a hacker posted 99 child porn images on a reputable European Web site which received 12 million views from 150,000 addresses in 76 hours.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Darren Pauli

Computerworld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Bitdefender 2019

This Holiday Season, protect yourself and your loved ones with the best. Buy now for Holiday Savings!

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?