The Australian Federal Police needs to be free to do its job without political interference

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[Extract] The Australian Federal Police (AFP) was embroiled in political controversy this week, with raids being conducted on offices of the Australian Workers Union (AWU). The raids were instigated by the Registered Organisations Commission (ROC), which is investigating donations made to activist group GetUp! and Labor candidates when Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was head of the AWU.

So what is the role of the AFP? How does the AFP work with other intelligence and regulatory agencies? What role should politics play, if any, in the activities of the police?
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2017


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