I found this article regarding Asian gangs, this was back from 2008, so its pretty recent.
Budget cuts hurting crime-fighting bodies
By Rafael Epstein
Jack Lam disappeared after being issued an Australian passport. (ABC)
Australia's top crime-fighting agencies fear their ability to stop organised crime is being hindered by Federal Government Budget cuts.
Amid rumoured job cuts, investigators say a top level drug baron recently received a new Australian passport, even though there were three outstanding warrants for his arrest.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have 100 fewer officers working inside Australia's borders since the Rudd Government came to office.
And the highly secretive Australian Crime Commission (ACC) may be about to lose 25 per cent of its staff, and may close its public offices in three states.
Labor Senator Steve Hutchins, who chairs the Parliamentary Committee that watches over the ACC, says Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has not been told about the parlous state of resourcing for frontline investigators.
In 1997, three arrest warrants were issued in New South Wales for Australian-born drug baron Jack Lam, relating to drug trafficking and he has been overseas for a number of years.
Lam walked into the consulate in Hong Kong in February this year, applied for and received an emergency passport after listing his address as a hotel in Macau.
His high level crime gang arose out of the 5T Asian triads based in Sydney's west, and he still has extensive connections in Australia's biggest city.
But one of the senior staff at Australia's office in Hong Kong, responsible for consular and management services, issued Lam with his passport and he has since disappeared.
"It may well be that the resources weren't there to provide the intelligence, I've got no idea," Senator Hutchins said.
"But I'm sure the PM will demand answers on this."
The union representing AFP officers says while overseas deployments have increased, there are 100 fewer sworn officers working in Australia, but it is the ACC that faces even bigger cuts.
It is designed to initiate and coordinate major national investigations, but already this year they have had to stop using officers from state-based police forces.
Using so-called "secondees" is how the Commission normally complements its own 30 or so investigators, but now the ACC is considering closing its shopfront offices in South Australia, WA and Queensland.
Senator Hutchins is concerned that inside the agency the bureaucrats have taken over from the investigators.
Referring to the Prime Minister's statement on national security last week, Senator Hutchins said someone has misled Mr Rudd over resources at the ACC.
"If he was made aware of what is going on in this area, bums will be kicked," he said.
Lam's family has interests in the Jupiter cruise ship service launched recently in Vietnam and the Kings Crown Casino on the border between Cambodia and Vietnam.
His syndicate runs his Australian interests out of a restaurant in Cabramatta in Sydney's west and as a senior drug trafficker with multi-national interests, he is the sort of man agencies are keen to monitor.
It is thought the illegal drug economy in Australia could be worth $12 billion a year, and tracking money movements may help catching criminals like Lam.
That is a strategy already advocated by the ACC, and it has lead many to reconsider how the police work, but budget cuts could make tackling figures like Lam and people like him much more difficult.