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KEVIN NEWMAN M P MINISTER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES Z?7/?/8± 82/34

MERGER OF POLICE ASSOCIATIONS

The Minister for Administrative Services

Mr Newman has announced that, following today's Gazettal

of amendments to the Australian Federal Police Regulations

which had been requested by both former Associations of

members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), there

would now be one Association of members, to be known as

the Australian Federal Police Association (AFPA).

The new Association is the result of the merger of

the former Commonwealth Police Officers' Association (CPOA)

and the Federal Police Association (FPA), which had originated

as the professional organisations of the separate Commonwealth

and ACT Police forces and continued in existence since the

inception of the AFP.

Mr Newman welcomed the new arrangement, and said

that he hoped the formation of AFPA, which followed discussions

he had had with CPOA and FPA, would have a beneficial and

unifying effect on the AFP, ending a difficult situation which

had existed since the AFP commenced operations. Mr Newman

commended the members and office bearers of CPOA and FPA on

their bringing the new Association into existence, and referred

to the fact that this had been achieved during the term of

office of Sir Colin Woods, the first Commissioner of the AFP.

CANBERRA 27 August 1982