The Impact of Ms Schapelle Corby

(Budget Estimates) 
TUESDAY, 26 MAY 2009 

Present Day - Ms Schapelle Corby, 26th May 2009 four years on. 

Senator XENOPHON— Sir John Wheeler’s recommendation about CCTV—the integration—what has happened to that since September 2005. 

Ms Kelley—Customs was provided with around $47 million to enhance the airport CCTV network, to work with other agencies, such as the department of infrastructure, the AFP, and airport operators and users of airports, such as Qantas and retail outlets, to improve both the data sharing and the availability of CCTV to law enforcement agencies.
Source File

Date July 2005
Submission to the Attorney-General's Department
Page.13 traffic surge protection - reducing bandwidth demand during network traffic surges11 (such as when a large number of users want access to a small number of web pages, such as during the Schapelle Corby verdict or during a popular sporting event)Source file PDF 

Evaluations Part 1D Crimes Act, Forensic Procedures
Review to be conducted in 2004–05 The is review was planned for 2004–05 but,e due to competing priorities, i
was not conducted in the reporting period. It is now planned for 2005–06. 

The growth in high-profile international prisoner transfer, extradition and mutual assistance cases has demonstrated that operational casework can be highly resource intensive.

These demands are expected to continue to increase. Several high-profile matters—including mutual assistance requests on behalf of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and in the
Schapelle Corby trial—have impacted upon resource capacity and progress of casework
Source File PDF

An Independent Review of Airport Security 
and Policing for the Government of Australia 
by The Rt Hon Sir John Wheeler DL 
September 2005
The context for the review of security and policing at Australia’s airports was community concern about reported instances of criminality and security weaknesses at major airports such as Kingsford Smith in Sydney. 

The media had highlighted the possibility that weaknesses exploited by criminals could also be utilised by terrorists. 

The major contributors to the community concern included the Schapelle Corby case, involving a large amount of cannabis discovered in Ms Corby’s luggage on her arrival in Bali after travelling from Brisbane via Sydney on 8 October 2004. 

The Corby defence team suggested that the drugs may have been inserted by baggage handlers or others in Australia for distribution within Australia but not recovered. 

On 6 April 2005, a QANTAS employee at Sydney Airport inappropriately removed a costume camel’s head from a passenger’s checked baggage and wore it on a tug on the tarmac. 

QANTAS staff at Sydney Airport were also among those implicated in an investigation involving the importation of cocaine by an organised crime syndicate. (to read the whole report visit link below)

Costs to implement the Wheeler Report 
21 September, the Prime Minister announced a number of new security measures, several of which directly involve our department. They include:
  • $38.0 million to strengthen air cargo security arrangements-this includes funding for the Australian Customs Service to improve its explosive detection capabilities
  • $23.4 millionfor improved security and crime information exchange arrangements for aviation, with another $20.5 millionto be provided to the Australian Crime Commission an immediate review of the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and associated regulations further tightening of background checking and processing arrangements for the issue of Aviation Security Identification Cards, and
  • $3.8 million to introduce a new national aviation security training framework to support the aviation industry.
  • $1 millionfor a training-based project to improve aviation security in Indonesia.
Implementing these measures in partnership with industry and other agencies will be a major priority for the department in 2005-06. 

improvement costs todate $133.7 Million and still rising - $66.3 million still to spend

Source File WORD Doc - The Wheeler Report
Source File PDF - Camel's Head article
Source File PDF - Implementing the wheeler report In Australia

Planning tomorrow's transport system today 18 of the 25 speakers at the colloquium.

Source Web - Aviation Security
Information about aviation security and the requirements of the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004 and Aviation Security Regulations 2005 which came into force in March 2005.

Hon MP Peter Garrett: Media release: Government exposed by Wheeler report

Not Guilty
Allan Kessing

Spurring $200 million of reforms to Australian airport security.
Senior Australian Customers officer Alan Robert Kessing was convicted in May 2007 of leaking his own classified report to The Australian newspaper in 2005.

The report, which had been written by Kessing in 2003, documented numerous insecurities at Sydney airport and gave recommendations on how they might be addressed. However the report was suppressed, even within government. In response to media coverage of the leak, the Australian Federal government instituted a
AUD$200 million airport security reform program -- and launched a witch hunt to find the whistleblower. Kessing's telephone calling records were seized by police. 

His calls revealed conversations with journalists from the Australian newspaper around the time of its first story. A subsequent police raid on Kessing's home discovered the business card of the one of journalists.