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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 4025

(Question No. 4109)


Mr Sharp asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 27 May 1986:

(1) How does the Government plan to increase coastal surveillance as part of the ``Drug Offensive''.

(2) How many times has the $17m grant been announced for Australian Federal Police computer facilities and extra staff.

(3) What amount of the $100m for the ``Drug Offensive'' will come from the Commonwealth Government.

(4) Have any Government ``Drug Offensive'' funds been allocated (a) previously or (b) to existing programs.

(5) What portion of the $100m is extra funds for new initiatives and programs.


Dr Blewett —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Special Minister of State has provided the following answers to parts (1) and (2) of the question:

(1) A number of measures have been taken to strengthen the co-ordination of the civil coastal surveillance program including closer co-operation between the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Customs Service and the development of national uniform pleasure craft identification to assist in aerial surveillance. These measures, together with intelligence gathering and overseas liaison postings, will continue to allow the civil coastal surveillance program to play its appropriate role in the Government's drugs campaign.

(2) In his Policy Speech on 13 November 1984, the Prime Minister announced the Government's commitment to spend, during its second term, $7 million on upgrading the computer capacity of the Australian Federal Police and $10 million in recruiting an even stronger force. The commitment has since been referred to in the Parliament and elsewhere in appropriate contexts.

(3) The ``Drug Offensive'' is the name given to that part of the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NCADA) which is directed to information/media activities. The $100m NCADA campaign comprises the following Commonwealth/State allocations:

Commonwealth

States/

Territories

$

$

1985-86...

20,000,000

11,846,450

1986-87...

21,447,000

12,816,000

1987-88(a)...

21,447,000

12,816,000

62,894,000

(b)...37,478,450

Note: (a) To be indexed in 1987-88. (b) Includes funding for ``The Drug Offensive'' estimated at $15m over the first three years of NCADA.

(4) No.

(5) All NCADA funds are to be applied to new or expanded initiatives in the area of drug abuse treatment, rehabilitation or education.