Australia: Hobart International Airport 'almost open slather' for drug smugglers, police union says.

The Hobart International Airport is "almost open slather" for drug smugglers, because of the lack of an Australian Federal Police (AFP) presence, a police union spokeswoman says.

Federal police were removed from the Hobart Airport in October 2014 after a $22 million Commonwealth budget cut.  The State Government, Tasmania Police, ASIO and police unions all opposed the withdrawal.

The head of the Australian Federal Police Association (AFPA), Angela Smith, said Tasmania had become a soft target for drug smugglers and she called for the federal officers to be reinstated.

"It is the only airport that doesn't have AFP full-time protection presence there, I guess it's almost open slather for these things to occur and its creating problems for the Tasmanian community," she said.

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Source: ABC


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