Forget the Keystone Cops, here come the Carbon Cops

No joke. The Australian Federal Police will be forced to become “carbon cops” to police a range of “climate offences” under Penny Wong’s new world order, diverting resources away from what the AFP should be doing, namely keeping Australia and its citizens safe from real crime, like drug trafficking, people smuggling, fraud, money laundering and organised crime. But clearly those things are less important than “saving the planet”:

The Herald Sun can reveal Australian Federal Police agents will have to prosecute a new range of climate offences.

But they are yet to be offered extra resources, stretching the thin blue line to breaking point.

“The Government is effectively saying to us, ‘Ignore other crime types‘,” Australian Federal Police Association chief Jim Torr said.

The group had been trying for months, without success, to discuss the issue with Climate Change Minister Penny Wong, he said.

Ms Wong’s office said AFP agents would be expected to enter premises and request paperwork to monitor firms’ emissions reductions. They would act on the 30-strong Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority’s orders.

With a hint of understatement, the Opposition responds, with Andrew Robb calling the scheme

problematic.

Read it here.

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