THE HON MARK DREYFUS KC MP
MEMBER FOR ISAACS
Karen Andrews is wrong
Contrary to claims made today by the discredited former Home Affairs Minister, overall funding for the Australian Federal Police increased in the Albanese Government’s first Budget.
Budget Papers show that in 2022/23 total funding for the AFP is $1.84 billion.
As was confirmed today in Senate Estimates, this is a $100 million increase on the AFP’s 2021/22 Budget, and higher than the funding committed in the Coalition’s final budget in March this year when Karen Andrews was the Minister responsible for the AFP.
SENATOR NITA GREEN: What is the total resourcing for the AFP in the 2022/23 financial year?
CHARLOTTE TRESSLER (AFP CFO): Thank you. The total resourcing for the AFP is $1.8428 billion, so almost $1.9 billion.
SENATOR NITA GREEN: And how does that compare with the 2021/2022 financial year?
TRESSLER: So, in terms of actual resources spent, as opposed to appropriation, it's $100 million more than last financial year.
This is an increase of more than five per cent on the previous year, not a cut.
In future, Karen Andrews should take more time reading Budget Papers before rushing out media releases making false claims.
Tuesday, 8 November 2022