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Australia targets organized crime

AFP-JIJI

Australia will set up an antigang task force based on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s model to combat “the gangs and guns on our streets,” Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Sunday.

Gillard said the task force, expected to cost 64 million Australian dollars ($65.3 million), will be made up of 70 police from national and state forces, and include officers from the Australian Crime Commission, Customs and the tax department. Gillard denied the task force is a ploy to win back voters in Sydney’s western suburbs, formerly a stronghold of her Australian Labor party but now under threat of swinging to the opposition before Sept. 14 elections.