December 2, 2014

Submission to Government’s Spectrum Review

The PFA has made a submission to Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s review of spectrum – the essential ingredient for radio communications. We did so: to emphasise the critical importance of spectrum to non-commercial users like police and emergency services; and because of our continuing concern that the Minister for Communications and the ACMA are failing to implement the statutory obligation under …

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November 11, 2014

Police Federation of Australia Federal Council Meeting

The Police Federation of Australia Federal Council meeting concluded with a dinner in Darwin on Tuesday 11 November, where long serving members Vince Kelly (NT) and Jon Hunt Sharman (AFP) were awarded Life membership. Click here for a photo of Vince, Jon with fellow life member Mark Burgess.  Earlier that afternoon the Australian Electoral Commission conducted elections for the PFA …

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October 28, 2014

Stronger Visa Cancellation Powers Supported

The Police Federation of Australia has backed proposed changes to the Migration Act 1958 which will make it easier to cancel the visas of non-citizens who commit serious crimes. Citing the case of a Tongan citizen, Motekiai Tuafahema, who was convicted of manslaughter of a Sydney police officer on traffic patrol, and was on parole at the time the officer …

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October 10, 2014

Police Federation appears before Productivity Commission’s Hearings into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning Inquiry

On Tuesday 26 August, Bernadette Zimmermann from the Police Association of South Australia and PFA CEO Mark Burgess appeared before the Productivity Commission’s Hearing into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning Inquiry in Canberra.  Click here for the opening statement Bernadette and Mark made to the hearing.  Click here to read the hearing transcript. The PFA is currently finalising a supplementary …

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September 19, 2014

Counter Terrorism and Emergencies Need Mobile Communications

The PFA has written to the Prime Minister pointing out that one measure the Commonwealth could take to improve the capability of police and emergency services is to provide mobile broadband communications for first responders.  This capability will be in place for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane through a temporary arrangement but for the rest of Australia, 20th century …

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September 16, 2014

PFA Submission to the Productivity Commission – Childcare and Early Childhood Learning Draft Report

On the 5th September the PFA made a supplementary submission to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood learning.  This submission was in response to the Childcare and Early Childhood Learning Draft Report released by the Commission in July for comment.  To view the PFA submission click here. On the 16th September The Australian ran an article ‘Police …

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