Stop the Outsourcing of Federal Prosecutors

The Turnbull Government have pushed the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) to outsource critical positions in the agency, meaning lawyers and legal assistants engaged by private companies will be involved in criminal prosecutions including those of terrorists, people smugglers and paedophiles.

Under the plan an unknown number of Federal Prosecutors will be engaged through a third party contract arrangement. This has already happened with legal and administrative support staff, many of whom are employed through contract arrangements that pay them less than their colleagues while costing the taxpayer more!

The CDPP is being forced to employ prosecutors through private companies because the Turnbull Government won’t let CDPP employ the staff they need to do their job properly

Federal Prosecutors in the CDPP do critical work in pursuing evil crimes such as terrorism, child exploitation, human trafficking, money laundering and tax and welfare fraud. The plan will undermine the important work that Federal Prosecutors do and also damage the reputation of the CDPP as an independent prosecution service.

Legal assistants deal with victims of crime, liaise with sensitive prosecution witnesses, provide legal administrative support on complex prosecutions (including child exploitation and counter terrorism) and need an acute knowledge of court processes and procedures. Already, there has been a significant change in how effectively the CDPP is able to this work since outsourcing, and an increase in staff turnover.

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