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Wednesday, 1 April 1987
Page: 1678

(Question No. 1505)


Senator Archer asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 13 November 1986:

Did the Prime Minister state, in his policy speech prior to the 1984 election, ``And in prosecuting this national campaign [against organised crime and drug trafficking] no resources will be spared to remove this evil [drugs] from our society.''; if so, in what way did he mean.


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

Yes. At the Special Premiers' Conference on Drugs the Commonwealth Government committed itself to a long term program of assistance directed to both demand and supply drug reduction strategies. Financial support included:

some $20m p.a. indexed for an initial three year period for the education, treatment, rehabilitation and research aspects of the national campaign;

additional resources of the order of $1.5m over financial years 1985-86 and 1986-87 to enhance the capacity of the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence to provide drugs intelligence to all participating law enforcement agencies;

some $5.5m over financial years 1985-86 and 1986-87 to strengthen the capacity of the Australian Customs Service to interdict drugs entering Australia; and

the provision of additional resources of some $17m over three years for additional manpower and computer capacity for the Australian Federal Police (AFP). My predecessor has also directed the AFP to give highest priority to the investigation of drug trafficking.