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Wednesday, 1 April 1987
Page: 1675

(Question No. 1463)

Senator Archer asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 23 October 1986:

Has the Government fulfilled its obligations under the ABCI intergovernmental agreement to provide the support staff for the ABCI as requisitioned by that organisation to enable them to perform the functions assigned to them under the terms of the agreement.

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

The Government continues to meet its obligations under the ABCI Agreement. Under the terms of the Agreement the Commonwealth is required to meet the salaries of the Director and Deputy Director. In addition, it is required to second police officers from the AFP and, as appropriate, officers from Commonwealth Departments. Permanent administrative staff are also provided by the Commonwealth and there is provision for members to be co-opted from agencies of the Commonwealth. There have been some discussions at officials level regarding apparent anomalies in the Agreement. For example, the Agreement is silent on the provision of other civilian staff (intelligence collators or information control staff) and ADP resources.

The ABCI estimates have been subject to the same scrutiny as the estimates of all other agencies and the ABCI has not always received everything they have asked for.