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Australian Federal Police: Federal police agency of the Commonwealth of Australia
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is the national and principal federal law enforcement agency of the Australian Government with the unique role of investigating crime and to protect the national security of the Commonwealth of Australia. The AFP is an independent agency of the Department of Home Affairs and is responsible to the Minister for Home Affairs and accountable to the Parliament of Australia. Until September 2019 the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police had been Andrew Colvin. However, as of the 2nd of October 2019, Reece Kershaw replaced Andrew Colvin as Commissioner.

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'A new paradigm': Australia's new top cop promises era of transparency

The new AFP Commissioner says in the social media age, information voids are too often filled with rumours and incorrect detail.
The Age - Published

Australian police freeze multi-million dollar properties in Chinese crime link probe

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said on Thursday it had frozen properties worth A$17.3 million ($11.9 million), including a "supersized mansion" as part of an investigation into money laundering by..
Reuters - Published

'No role' for implied freedom of political communication in ABC raid decision: AFP

The barrister acting for the Australian Federal Police told the Federal Court a search warrant authorising the raid on the ABC was legally valid.
The Age - Published

'We don't want any sensationalist headlines,' AFP allegedly told ABC

A federal police agent told the ABC's lawyers that it wanted to avoid "sensationalist headlines" such as "AFP raids ABC", the Federal Court has heard.
The Age - Published

New AFP boss wants review after grilling over raids on journalists

The new head of the Australian Federal Police has faced a tough line of questioning over the AFP's perceived role in undermining public confidence in press freedom.
SBS - Published

New AFP head calls for review after media raids

The new head of the Australian Federal Police has faced a tough line of questioning over the AFP's perceived role in undermining public confidence in press freedom.
SBS - Published

AFP boss apologises to Hakeem al-Araibi for his 'unfortunate detention'

The new boss of the Australian Federal Police has apologised to Hakeem al-Araibi for the time he spent detained in Thailand.
SBS - Published

Australia police arrest Iraqi man over deaths of over 350 asylum seekers in 2001

The Australian Federal Police said on Saturday it had charged a 43-year-old Iraqi man for his part in allegedly organizing a people smuggling venture that led to the deaths of more than 350 asylum..
Reuters - Published

Airline passengers targeted in new AFP forced marriage awareness campaign

A new campaign by Australian Federal Police is being rolled out at Australia's busiest airport to try and raise awareness about the crime of forced marriage.
SBS - Published

AFP raids home of former defence minister adviser

Australian federal police have raided the Canberra home of a former ministerial adviser.
SBS - Published

'Good work by all': Home Affairs boss praised AFP raid on journalist’s house

Home Affairs Secretary Michael Pezzullo called AFP Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan to congratulate him on the raid of a News Corp journalist's house.
SBS - Published

Home Affairs boss lauds cops on media raid

Home Affairs Secretary Michael Pezzullo called AFP Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan to congratulate him on the raid of a News Corp journalist's house.
SBS - Published

'Abject nonsense': Former AFP boss slams zero tolerance approach to drugs

The former head of the Australian Federal Police says prohibition has failed and it's time to better manage the risks of drug-taking.
SBS - Published

Former AFP boss pushes for pill-testing at festivals

Mick Palmer, who was AFP commissioner for seven years to April 2001, says it's time for the nation to accept police-based prohibition has failed.
The Age - Published Also reported by •SBS

Outgoing AFP chief backs media raids as replacement speculation swirls

The Australian Federal Police underwent “too much change, too quickly” under the outgoing commissioner Andrew Colvin, according to the the AFPA president.
The Age - Published

'He saw the writing on the wall': AFP commissioner rules out new term

The departure of the nation's top police officer, Andrew Colvin, leaves a newcomer to inherit the fall-out over media raids and what a former justice minister called a significant deterioration in..
The Age - Published

AFP officer denies child sex offences

A 35-year-old AFP officer has pleaded not guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court to a string of sex offences against a young person.
SBS - Published

AFP raids: Peter Dutton rejects calls to drop leak cases against media

Peter Dutton has rejected calls from media chiefs to drop police investigations into journalists at the ABC and News Corp over leaked government information.
SBS - Published

Dutton rejects calls to drop media cases

The home affairs minister is yet to say if legal action against journalists targeted by AFP raids will continue, despite calls from media chiefs to drop it.
SBS - Published

Police stations and courts among targets in alleged Sydney terror plot

A 12-month investigation by NSW Police and the Australian Federal Police has led to the arrest of three individuals linked to an alleged terror plot, which police say were targeting public venues in..
SBS - Published

Terror plot targeted public places: police

NSW Police and the Australian Federal Police have arrested three men over an alleged terror plot following raids across western Sydney.
SBS - Published

AFP speaks on three arrested in alleged Sydney terror plot

NSW Police and the Australian Federal Police have uncovered an alleged terror plot in Sydney with connections to IS.
SBS - Published

IS supporters arrested in Sydney: police

NSW Police and the Australian Federal Police have arrested three men over an alleged terror plot following raids across western Sydney.
SBS - Published

Three arrested as alleged terror plot uncovered in Sydney

NSW Police and the Australian Federal Police have uncovered an alleged terror plot in Sydney.
SBS - Published

ABC and News Corp challenge federal police raid warrants

News Corp says it intends to mount legal action over the AFP raid on a journalist's home, as the ABC launches legal action over the raid on its Sydney offices.
SBS - Published

'Jesus, am I going to be next?': Press freedom under attack

Last week many were disturbed to see the Australian Federal Police raiding News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst and the ABC using the fig leaf of protecting our national security.
The Age - Published

Selective AFP raids show 'bias' says Labor after medevac leak probe dropped

Federal Labor says revelations that the Australian Federal Police dropped an investigation into a media leak on the medevac bill raises questions about the AFP decision to conduct two media raids..
SBS - Published

Questions asked after AFP drops probe into leak on medevac bill

Federal Labor says revelations that the Australian Federal Police dropped an investigation into a media leak on the medevac bill raises questions about the AFP decision to conduct two media raids..
SBS - Published

Exposed: a second-rate country unwilling to defend press freedom

The US, Britain and many other nations have laws to protect journalists and their sources. This week's Australian Federal Police expose a vulnerable democracy.
The Age - Published

Albanese and Dutton clash on-air over AFP’s raids on journalists

In a fiery on-air debate Anthony Albanese and Peter Dutton have clashed over the AFP raids on journalists.
SBS - Published

'No sector immune': AFP boss defends raids on journalist’s home, ABC offices

The Australian Federal Police say neither the government nor any minister have directed two investigations into journalists.
SBS - Published

Key points in AFP media investigations

AFP acting commissioner Neil Gaughan sets out what happened as his agency comes under fire over raids on the ABC and a Canberra-based journalist.
SBS - Published

World media condemns Australian Federal Police raids targeting journalists

Media outlets around the world have described the raids targeting Australian journalists as an attack on press freedom.
SBS - Published

Scott Morrison denies government involvement in AFP raids on ABC and News Corp journalist

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the government has had no involvement in police raids on the ABC and News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst.
SBS - Published

Why the raids on Australian media present a threat to democracy

Analysis: The Australian Federal Police has this week conducted two high-profile raids on journalists who have exposed government secrets and their sources.
SBS - Published

Media must report without fear or favour

The recent raids by the Australian Federal Police on the ABC’s Sydney headquarters and the home of a Canberra political journalist are of concern.
The Age - Published

'Highly unusual': Australian Federal Police raid ABC Sydney offices over 2017 stories

The AFP is raiding the ABC offices in Sydney over a series of stories on Australia's elite special forces in Afghanistan.
SBS - Published

Australian Federal Police raid ABC headquarters at Sydney's Ultimo

The raid on the Ultimo headquarters of the ABC comes a day after AFP officers searched the home of a News Corp journalist.
The Age - Published

News Corp journalist's home raided over spying story

Officers from the Australian Federal Police have raided the home of a journalist over a story on proposed new powers for Australia's digital spy agency.
SBS - Published

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