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Reply #2 - 25. Mar 2016 at 00:35

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'When can you use a firearm?'  When my arm is on fire.
 
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New South Wales police have raided a Western Sydney security firm after 7.30 revealed evidence it sold security guard training tests and answers.

Merc Security has worked for Auburn's Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer, and provided security during the reopening of the Lindt Cafe after the Sydney siege.

The firm allegedly exploited a widely abused loophole though interstate mutual recognition laws.

7.30 revealed that the Queensland loophole allows up to 300 New South Wales security guards per month to obtain a licence.

Unlike in NSW, the Queensland loophole allows an applicant to qualify as a security guard without citizenship or the ability to speak English.

"Following information received, SLED (Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate) enforcement officers attended a business at Auburn this morning," said Cameron Smith, the director of the NSW Police Security Licensing Enforcement Directorate.

"A number of documents relating to security industry training were seized by officers. Inquiries are continuing."

Merc Security holds an industry association master licence and is only permitted to perform security work not to conduct training.
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The test and answers being sold by Merc security were branded with the name "Peacekeepers".

Peacekeepers is a Gold Coast-registered training organisation, which federal regulators searched Wednesday on suspicion it was qualifying guards with little or no training.

Merc Security's managing director, Michael Azzi, had previously been refused his security trainer's license on the grounds he provided "false and misleading" evidence in his application.

New South Wales Police allege Mr Azzi's claims of having held senior security management roles, was false.

Mr Azzi lodged an application with the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal challenging the decision.
 

Ah! Working in Security where finding the real thief could be your employer. Now is the time to check your super account.
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James is a security guard with years of experience working in the UK.

But as he is only in Australia on a working holiday maker visa, NSW police will not allow him to work in the state. In Queensland, it's a different matter.

"Through some research I did online I found out another way to get [a licence]," he told 7.30.

"Hopefully if I can get one from Queensland, I can then transfer it over the New South Wales Police Department."

The NSW broker he visited in Auburn in Sydney's south-west was Merc Security, run by Mohamed Miski and Michael Azzi, who have provided security to Auburn's colourful deputy mayor, Salim Mehajer.

When Sydney's Lindt Cafe reopened to the public last year after the Sydney siege, Mr Miski was managing the crowd.

7.30 understands Mr Azzi also initially obtained a security licence through Queensland.

NSW police have already refused Mr Azzi's application for a security trainer licence on the grounds he falsified his industry experience a decision Mr Azzi is challenging.

James was sold the Queensland security test with the answers pre-filled in by Merc Security. The book's cover showed the logo of Gold Coast-based training organisation Peacekeepers.

Peacekeepers dominate the training for NSW residents obtaining Queensland licences, NSW Police said.

The federal training regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority Agency (ASQA), raided Peacekeeper's Gold Coast offices on Wednesday, seeking evidence it was selling accreditations with little or no training.

The answers included critical information about first aid, positional asphyxia and when to strike someone.

"So, question 13, describe a situation when striking would be an acceptable choice of physical contact and it just gives you the answer," James said.

"To me it seems perfectly legitimate. From what [Merc Security management] said it doesn't look like there is anything illegal about it."

Mr McGufficke said the Queensland-qualified guards, who tend to have poor English and are from migrant backgrounds, were being exploited to do $10 an hour cash-in-hand "subbie" work because their training was not taken seriously.

"There seems to be a third world underclass that is appearing out there. Mostly those people are coming from Queensland, and they are not getting jobs," he said.

"They are usually taxi drivers, they might be cooks or cleaners and every now and then they get called up and they might only get a 10-hour shift."

He called it "another-7-Eleven" after the convenience store chain was caught allegedly underpaying migrant workers.

Mr McGufficke showed 7.30 test answers he has gathered from Queensland-qualified guards who cannot get work and come to him for assessment.

"Now this is a question we've asked a Queensland-qualified guard - 'When can you use a firearm?' His answer is... 'If there is a fire'," he said.
 

Ah! Working in Security where finding the real thief could be your employer. Now is the time to check your super account.
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