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Thursday, 29 May 1997
Page: 4003


Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs) —Senator McKiernan recently asked me in my capacity as Minister representing the Attorney and the Minister for Justice a question and a supplementary question regarding the Australian Federal Police. I seek leave to have the answer incorporated in Hansard .

Leave granted.

The answer read as follows

Yesterday Senator McKiernan asked me in my capacity as the Minister representing the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice a question and a supplementary question regarding the Australian Federal Police

The Attorney-General has provided the following additional information to my answer to the Honourable Senator's questions:

The Attorney-General rejects the figures produced by Senator McKiernan in his question yesterday.

The Australian Federal Police as part of the Attorney's portfolio contributed through efficiency savings in 1996/97 $6.19 million. The AFP will contribute annual savings of $8.58 million in 1997/98. These savings are part of the Portfolio's contribution to the Government's fiscal targets.

Delivery of those savings will be focussed on administrative efficiencies not the

AFP's important priority operational work. Staff reductions that occur will be through non replacement as natural attrition occurs.

The Commissioner has advised the Attorney-General that there will not be a loss of 100 AFP jobs in the next financial year, as asserted by Senator McKiernan

The Senator's speculation on future AFP budget outcomes has no basis in fact.

The Attorney-General reiterates that the Government and the AFP are working together to ensure that the AFP resources are effectively utilised.