Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Justice Matters

Labor’s invests $7m to help fight cyber crime

Labor Statement

A McGowan Labor Government will invest $7million over five years to fund world-leading research to help combat cyber crime, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said this funding will help Edith Cowan University's Security Research Institute to secure federal funding to create the $100million Cyber Cooperative Research Centre.

"ECU's Security Research Institute, based at its Joondalup campus, is the leading cyber security research facility in Australia and recognised as one of the best in the world," Mr McGowan said.

"It works with big multinational companies, Australian resources companies as well as national security organisations to combat cyber crime, and it's helped WA Police solve two murders and a credit card scam.

"Australia has one of the highest rates of cyber crime in the world, according to ECU's Security Research Institute.

"ECU estimates that incidences of cyber crime intrusion and attack have doubled in Australia over the past two years, with 39 per cent of Australians suffering cyber theft and more than one-fifth of businesses hurt by breaches of cyber security.

"WA Labor is committed to not only supporting cutting-edge research into cyber crime, but also helping to tackle one of the rapidly growing areas of crime."

Mr McGowan said the funding would start in 2013-14.

"Cooperative Research Centres are partnerships between universities, government and industry, with industry investment matched dollar-for-dollar by the Federal Government," he said.

"This centre will train cyber security experts, develop technology to protect businesses from cyber security threats and also help to protect our State's important resources and infrastructure assets.

"WA Labor is committed to supporting researchers who develop world-leading technology and intellectual property.

"It's part of WA Labor's vision of a diverse economy which generates jobs in a diverse range of industries.

"We need to become a smarter, more innovative State if we want to sustain our economic growth. That's why we have such a strong focus on science and technology."

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