The government hopes more cash for fighting terrorists overseas will help keep Aussies safe.The Turnbull government hopes more cash for spies, fighting terrorists overseas and ramping up airport security will help keep Aussies safe.
The war effort in Afghanistan, known as Operation Highroad will net $89.5 million extra this year, a slight boost on last year.
This reflects last year’s increase of 30 defence personnel, after US President Donald Trump announced a new game plan.
The overall n troop count is now 300 and they are involved in training Afghan soldiers and providing communications and logistics support.
Meanwhile, Operation Okra which targets Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is starting to wind down slowly.
It received $306.5 million in extra money in the federal budget which was down on last year’s $453.6 million contribution.
Iraq declared victory over IS late last year and ‘s six super Hornets returned home in January.
The personnel deployed dropped from 780 to 600 as a result.
A refueller aircraft and Wedgetail air traffic controller continue operations along with n soldiers training Iraqi troops.
For national security reasons the government won’t disclose the cost of ‘s assistance to help the Philippines combat the threat posed by foreign fighters returning from the Middle East.
An IS insurgency in Marawi flared up last year but has since been crushed.
has a continent of troops providing training in urban combat to the Filipino military and also provided surveillance aircraft during the Marawi conflict.
The domestic spy agency n Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) will receive a $24.4 million budget this year but the government won’t say how much extra the foreign spy agency, n Secret Intelligence Service, will pocket.
Security upgrades including body scanners will be rolled out across ‘s major and regional airports.
And more than 140 counter-terrorism officers will be deployed at airports, with another 50 officers providing them with tactical intelligence and support.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton cited a disrupted plot at Sydney airport last year as a game changer in terms of the level of sophistication.
The Office of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security is set to undertake a $70.2 million review of national security laws.
The government also hopes to disrupt terrorist financing through a crackdown on the so-called “black economy”.
This includes a $10,000 cap on cash payments in an effort to tackle money laundering.
From July 1, 2019, payments of $10,000 or more for goods or services will have to be made with a cheque or through an electronic payment system.
“This will be bad news for criminal gangs, terrorists and those who are just trying to cheat on their tax or get a discount for letting someone else cheat on their tax,” Treasurer Scott Morrison said.