A third of all police personnel in Australia are women, but in some localities, the rates of women officers are trending in the wrong direction.
Although opportunities have expanded for women in policing, the numbers of women on most forces remain well below 50% and women are very underrepresented in senior roles.
Peter Dutton has issued “ministerial direction” to the AFP over investigating leaks to the media.
Federal home affairs minister Peter Dutton says the government's "expectation" is that federal police should consider the importance of press freedom before investigating leaks to journalists.
Kershaw has demonstrated he is not afraid of change and tackling integrity issues in his previous roles – traits that could serve him well in his new job.
The new AFP commissioner faces challenges unlike those of his predecessors, such as ensuring the independence and integrity of the police force within the Home Affairs ministry.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has called for John Setka to be expelled from the Labor Party.
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Another hectic week in federal politics has seen Labor dealing with a controversy involving union leader John Setka, and the Queensland government giving final approval for the Adani mine.
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This week's raids on media show our democracy at its darkest.
Random ID checks announced last week by the Turnbull government will erode trust between police and the public.
We need to ensure we do not sacrifice our liberty in the pursuit of a goal that is at best ineffective and at worst counterproductive.
Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Michaelia Cash wrote a letter on Thursday asking the Registered Organisations Commission to refer the leak of the raids to the AFP.
The government's obvious attempt to use the recently established Registered Organisations Commission for political purposes is an abuse of power.
The functions of the AFP differ from state police forces in that it has a major role in combating crime impacting on Australia’s national security.
The AWU case is not the first time the AFP has been embroiled in politics, nor will it be the last.
Peter Dutton comes to the job with, at best, a middling ministerial record.
Turnbull is understandably sensitive to suggestions that the planned home affairs ministry is all about Dutton, whose continued support is so vital to him.
The reorganisation is a major win for Peter Dutton, a key conservative supporter of Malcolm Turnbull.
Peter Dutton will take charge of a new mega home affairs portfolio in a sweeping overhaul of national security agencies and responsibilities.
Tackling entrenched sexualised mistreatment in a large organisation such as the Australian Federal Police is far more than a numbers game.
To say a workplace problem is systemic means that its underlying causes are deeply embedded in the structures and everyday practices of an organisation.
AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin said the government was only informed when raids relating to leaks about the NBN had started.
AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin has defended police raids at the Melbourne office of Labor's deputy Senate leader Stephen Conroy and the home of an ALP staffer.
Tuesday’s budget will provide a boost in funding for the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission.
Tuesday's budget will provide $153.6 million over five years to boost security arrangements for the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission.
Australian Federal Police posing with a large bag of ice seized as part of a record haul. But will this make any difference to the market for crystal methamphetamine?
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Yesterday’s record 585 kg crystal methamphetamine seizure made headlines, but then so do many others. Was this one big enough to deserve special attention? And what effect does a seizure like this have…