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- Harry on Would you like us to be a republic? @adriano you sound a little confused, don't let the facts get in your way. The IMF have directed bankrupt England to print ... more
- Tangled Web on Mike Baird set to become Premier Look we can all have memory lapses. However, in this Barry O'Farrell case, Mr. O'Farrell categorically denied ever receiving ... more
- adriano on Would you like us to be a republic? Harry is the most popular uk name mohammed is only number 19.Also steve you are wrong about the UK economy.It will rise by ... more
- David on No alternative but for Barry to resign? Barry did the right thing to resign, but given the timing of the events surrounding the bottle delivery, anyone could have ... more
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- Shaun on No alternative but for Barry to resign? Premier O'Farrel deserves a second chance. Why don't we bring him back? more
- Robert on Have you lost faith in politicians? Lost faith?! Are you joking?!I stopped voting years ago. I hand in informal votes.Once you find out about the new world ... more
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- Athol on No alternative but for Barry to resign? I can see little old wine drinker Barry, being gifted a very lucrative cushy job aboard Tony Abbott's hasty new airport ... more
- Konrad H. on Have you lost faith in politicians? Iffy Barry O'Farrell is apparently no good, however iffy John Robertson is arguably even worse. Hypocrite Robertson is ... more
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Customs link to drug importation
One of the country's most serious corruption scandals is coming to light and questions are being asked of our border controls, with customs officers arrested over a major drug racket allegedly operating out of Sydney Airport.
The workers are accused of turning a blind eye to the importation of pseudoephedrine, cocaine, steroids and possibly even weapons.
There are also claims Customs was warned several times in 2007 that it lacked the resources to detect corruption.
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Eight people, including customs and quarantine officials, have been arrested as the result of a two-year corruption investigation.
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare says one customs officer, one quarantine officer and two members of the public were arrested this week.
The other four were arrested in August and October.
More arrests are possible, Mr Clare told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.
Mr Clare said the arrests and information about the operation had been subject to a suppression order in a Victorian court until now.
A network of customs officers at Sydney Airport has allegedly been working with organised crime figures to import drugs, Fairfax Media reported on Thursday.
Up to 20 officials are suspected of being involved in either serious misconduct or corrupt dealings ranging from criminal association to leaking information, drug trafficking and bribery.
They are suspected of importing pseudoephedrine, cocaine, steroids and possibly even weapons. (AAP)
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