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Monday, 23 March 1987
Page: 1184

(Question No. 1165)

Senator Archer asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 5 June 1986:

(1) What measures have been taken by the Government to ensure that the Australian Federal Police obtain ``the best person for the job'' following its response to recommendations 41 and 42 of the Stewart Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drug Trafficking concerning the appointment of senior police officers from outside the police force where the Government stated: ``the Government considers that the essential criterion should be who is the best person for the job''.

(2) Are advertisements being placed throughout Australia in an effort to attract suitably qualified officers from other forces to senior positions in the Australian Federal Police; if not, why not.

Senator Tate —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has moved through a series of reviews of recruitment and training practices to improve the standard of the Force and ensure the appointment of the best person for the job. The AFP is not currently considering the introduction of lateral recruitment.