The Australian Federal Police is working closely with the New South Wales police in response to the alleged murder which occurred at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on the afternoon of Sunday 22 March.
The AFP then undertook the secondary role of assisting New South Wales Policing by providing cordon and containment support at multiple crime scenes.
The Unified Policing Model staffing numbers deployed at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport are to the agreed level and New South Wales Police has provided the agreed complement of officers within this arrangement.
Policing numbers at airports are determined after negotiation between the AFP and all State and Territory Police that are appropriate for policing needs within the aviation environment.
These numbers are agreed numbers through COAG.
The AFP had a full complement of staff rostered on shift at the time of the incident and all AFP members were subsequently deployed in response to this incident.
At the time of the incident there were 22 AFP members on duty.
The policing response from AFP and New South Wales Police was commensurate with, or better than, a policing response that would have occurred in the wider community.
A comprehensive police response was on the scene within minutes of notification.
The investigation is being conducted by the New South Wales Police pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) governing the operation of the Unified Policing Model at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.
Under those arrangements, the AFP's role is to provide an initial response followed by assistance to the New South Wales Police which has lead responsibility for the investigation of alleged offences of this type.
This is a matter now before the courts.
The AFP presence at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport is one of several layers of security including closed circuit television cameras. Although not the responsibility for monitoring the closed circuit television camera network, the AFP responded swiftly when alerted to the incidents which were occurring.
Despite the comprehensive AFP response, the AFP is reviewing the incident in conjunction with law enforcement and aviation industry partners.
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Ban the sale and possession of any motorbike with an engine capacity larger than 250 cubic centimetres within the borders of the State of New South Wales.
The NSW State government can institute a fair buy back policy to compensate owners of craft larger than that. The State Government can offset some of the cost by reselling the craft thus acquired interstate and overseas.
The result will be that no bikie gang member will ride a motorcycle on the roads of New South Wales because it would be too shameful to be seen riding a small motorcycle. So they will go elsewhere if they want to remain a member of a bikie gang.
The body of the Unknown Sailor of Christmas Island was retrieved from a life raft near Christmas Island on 7 February 1942. The Sailor is thought to be the only known body anywhere from the 645 crew who perished with the ship HMAS Sydney (II) during World War II.
The body was buried shortly after that in the cemetery on Christmas Island, and was retrieved by a Royal Australian Navy led expedition in 2006.
Since then a number of means of trying to identify the body have been followed, finally centering around DNA testing of surviving relatives.
As I have said before, the identification team, based upon supposed testing at the Australian War Memorial which suggested that the Sailor was wearing a WHITE boiler suit seems to have ignored eyewitness acounts from the time which stated the sailor was wearing a BLUE boilersuit. Thus, I proprosed that the identification team concentrated their efforts in gaining DNA matches from survising relatives on the wrong group within the crew.