NATIONAL Security Minister, Stuart Young, on Wednesday declared that Operation Strike Back 2 “has led to the arrest of well over 170 criminals and the prosecution of many of them.” Young was contributing to the budget debate in the Senate. He attributed this success to the efforts of law-enforcement agencies supported by critical anti-crime legislation passed in Parliament.
He told senators that simple amendments made to the anti-gang, firearms and bail legislation are giving the police and other law-enforcement agencies “a critically important advantage in the fight against crime.”
Under the anti-gang legislation, Young said four alleged gang leaders were arrested. He said the court granted detention orders for these people and “that allowed us to put all the evidence to the criminals while they were still under a period of arrest. Under the advice of the DPP they were charged and now they are not out on bail.”