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Conference on transnational crime

Media Release

08 March 2000

The rapid mobility of people, money, information, ideas, and commodities generally, has provided new opportunities for crime, and new challenges for law enforcement agencies.

The Australian Institute of Criminology, in collaboration with the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Customs Service, have convened a landmark conference on transnational crime.

The Conference will be opened by Senator the Honourable Amanda Vanstone, Minister for Justice and Customs. The keynote speaker will be Professor Margaret Beare, Director of the Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Senior Australian Law Enforcement officials scheduled to speak will include:
Mick Palmer, Commissioner, Australian Federal Police;
Lionel Woodward, CEO, Australian Customs Service; and
Elizabeth Montano, Director, AUSTRAC (Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre).

Participants will include representatives from 14 countries, including senior justice and law enforcement officials.

Issues raised at the conference will include Internet child pornography, trafficking and smuggling of human beings, international terrorism, and the illegal trade in weapons. Conference participants will look towards increased international cooperation to improve the capacity of law enforcement agencies in Australia's region and around the world.

The Transnational Crime Conference will be held one Thursday 9 to Friday 10 March 2000 at Rydges Canberra Hotel in Canberra.

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