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Tuesday, 7 October 2003
Page: 20755

Mr McClelland asked the Minister representing the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 12 August 2003:

(1) Did the Australian Federal Police advertise a position of “investigative assistant” in newspapers including the Melbourne Age on 7 December 2002; if so, did the Australian Federal Police subsequently advise applicants for that position that the vacancy had been withdrawn.

(2) What were the reasons provided to applicants for the withdrawal of the vacancy.

Mr Williams (Attorney-General) —The Minister for Justice and Customs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) Yes.

(2) By early 2003, the Australian Federal Police's available salary resources had been redirected to high budgetary priority activity, including the Australian Federal Police's Bali response.