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The Australian federal government says it will provide Indonesia with patrol boats and surveillance aircraft as part of a 25 million dollar package aimed at helping other countries in the region to fight human trafficking.
The announcement came after Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard revealed she would seek greater regional co- operation to deal with people smuggling.
Inspecting Customs vessels in Darwin on Wednesday, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the package underlined the government's commitment to working with regional neighbors on the problem of people smuggling.
|Prime Minister Julia Gillard aboard patrol boat HMAS Broome in Darwin harbour.|
Picture: Brad Fleet Source: Northern Territory News
Julia Gillard said, "I will relentlessly pursue through regional cooperation creating a regional processing centre. This is important because it will disrupt the business model that people smugglers sell."
The package includes extra patrol boats, surveillance aircraft and communications equipment to help Indonesian police detect and disrupt people smuggling ventures in Indonesian waters.
Indonesia will also be given about 5 million dollars to develop the computer forensic capabilities of its national police force.
Australia's police presence in the region will also be boosted with another seven federal police officers to be deployed to work with law enforcement partners.
The package also includes new land-based policing surveillance and investigative equipment for partner law enforcement agencies in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.