The Attorney-General’s portfolio is responsible for legal
issues, such as Commonwealth courts and prosecutions, the
Australian Federal Police, aspects of national security, customs
and border control, as well as coordination of emergency services
and responsibility for Commonwealth territories.
According to Budget Paper no. 1, the Attorney-General’s
portfolio will experience an estimated decline in staff of 300
(from 18 947 to 18 647), with the Department dropping in
number by 159 (from 1 478 to 1 319).
Australian Government, Budget strategy and outlook: budget
paper no. 1 2009–10, Commonwealth of Australia,
Canberra, p. 6–66, viewed 18 May 2009, http://www.budget.gov.au/2009-10/content/bp1/html/index.htm
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