AFP has process to probe candidate threats

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WHAT IS BEING DONE TO PROTECT FEDERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES

* When the federal election was called, the Australian Federal Police launched a major incident co-ordination centre with a specialised investigative task force.

* The centre is co-ordinating hundreds of investigators, intelligence officers and protective security specialists, including close personal protection members.

* The task force (Operation Wilmot) is focusing on investigations and receiving all reports of electoral-related crime, including security threats to MPs and candidates.

* Investigations undertaken by the AFP and other relevant partners are co-ordinated by the task force to ensure law enforcement responses are immediate and intelligence is shared.

* The task force uses real-time intelligence and works closely with state and territory law enforcement agencies.

* The AFP has world-leading technology to identify individuals who break the law by harassing, menacing or threatening to kill politicians.

* It is also a crime to cause damage to MP and candidate property.

* When investigations are launched into the security of MPs or candidates, complainants, stakeholders and the AFP executive are kept informed.

(Source: Australian Federal Police)

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