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Australia urges 'Five Eyes' intelligence partners to crack down on child abuse material

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is yet to release a review of his mega department. Source: AAP

Australia will reportedly encourage its security partners to ramp up efforts to tackle online child exploitation material at a meeting in London.

Preventing online child exploitation material will be high on the agenda when Australia meets with its key security partners.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will stress the importance of the issue when he meets with representatives from the Five Eyes intelligence network in London on Monday.

The group includes the United States, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Britain is understood to have agreed to make child exploitation a priority issue, with the US also likely to support the step.
Britain is understood to have agreed to make child exploitation a priority issue, with the US also likely to support the step.
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Britain is understood to have agreed to make child exploitation a priority issue, with the US also likely to support the step.

Australia's leadership on the issue comes after the Australian Federal Police experienced a doubling in reports of online child exploitation last year.

"There needs to be greater international engagement in the battle against child exploitation," Mr Dutton told The Australian ahead of flying to London.

"Now with the internet, pay-per-view, they (offenders) can direct material and have it live-streamed into their bedrooms.

"The bigger picture is how we can disrupt these networks."

Additional reporting: AAP

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