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Tuesday, 28 February 2006
Page: 109

Senator Sherry asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 1 December 2005:

(1)   Was advice provided to the Attorney-General by the department, or any agency in the Attorney-General’s portfolio, that went towards, or informed, the development of the Coalition’s Police Training policy released on 7 September 2004.

(2)   Was advice or input given to, or received from, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of the Treasury or the Department of Finance in relation to (1) above.

(3)   If the answer is yes for (1) or (2) above: (a) what was the broad nature of that advice; (b) who requested the advice; (c) how was that request conveyed; (d) how was it provided; and (e) did this occur before or after 31 August 2004.

Senator Ellison (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   No. The Attorney-General does not have portfolio responsibility for the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM); this responsibility falls within my portfolio. The proposed redevelopment of the AIPM has been under consideration by the AIPM Board of Management for some time. A master plan for the redevelopment of the AIPM was completed in 2003. The Australasian Police Ministers’ Council (APMC) was apprised of the proposal in the AIPM Annual Report for 2002-2003, submitted to it in November 2003. This master plan provided the basis of the Coalition’s election commitment announced by the Prime Minister on 7 September.

(2)   No. With regard to costings, the AIPM estimated costs for the redevelopment a part of the business case it prepared for its Board of Management in June 2003.

(3)   Not applicable - see responses to (1) and (2) above.