BORDER SECURITY

28 Sep 2004, 11:32:33 AM

COMING SOON

More than 20,000 people enter Australia every day be sea and by air. How many of these people are really who they say they are? Are they here on holidays or do they have more sinister intentions?

Hosted by Grant Bowler, BORDER SECURITY takes viewers into a world never before seen on Australian television – behind-the-scenes of our Immigration, Customs and Quarantine departments.

The men and women that patrol here are literally at the front line when it comes to protecting our country from drug runners, illegal immigrants and potential terrorists. They are also the last line of defence against harmful pests and disease coming into the country.

To make the series, Seven crew were granted unprecedented access to all areas of national security – not just at our airports, but in our coastal waters and mailing centres around the country.

Fly-on-the-wall footage captures the planning and implementation of large scale operations such as major drug and weapons busts, as well as the discovery of strange and bizarre objects people try to smuggle into the country.

In episode one, an alleged Italian tourist is queried over his highly suspect passport. Customs and Immigration aren't happy with his story, and he is detained for questioning. What is his true nationality? Is he a security threat? Is he coming to work illegally? Or is he a fugitive from justice?

An American couple end up in hot water after failing to declare 3kg of fruit in their luggage. The fruit turns out to be riddled with fruit fly – thankfully quarantine officers detected the haul.

And an anxious passenger raises the suspicions of Sydney Customs officers. A baggage search detects nothing, but a scan shows high volumes of cocaine on the passenger's personal belongings. Is he a drug runner?

Other episodes feature a British citizen who faces deportment from the country despite setting up a life with her fiancé in Australia, Japanese tourists suspected of smuggling protected wildlife, and the discovery of an illegal fishing boat off the coast of Darwin.

In these uncertain times, BORDER SECURITY will take viewers to the frontline of Australia's national security.