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M I N I S T E R F O R

A D M I N I S T R A T I V E S E R V IC E S

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P A R L IA M E N T O F AUSTRALIA-.

' MINISTER ASSISTING T.

MINISTER FOR DEFENCE

• ' " .PRESS RELEASE '

The Minister for Administrative Services,

the Hon. J.E. McLeay, M.P., and the Minister for the '

Capital Territory, the Hon. R.J. Ellicott, Q.C., M.P.,

announced today that the Government would be introducing

legislation in the Autumn Sittings of Parliament to create

the Australian Federal Police: The Ministers said that . ?

this would enable the.Australian Federal Police to commence

operations not later than 1 July 1979.

In announcing this decision, the Ministers

referred to the earlier announcement of 28 July 1978,

that the Government had approved 1 in principle1 the

creation of the single federal police force, incorporating

the A.C.T. and Commonwealth Police Forces. This was the

cornerstone recommendation of Sir Robert Mark's Report on

the Organisation of Police Resources in the Commonwealth area.

Since that earlier announcement the.Government had had its

'in principle1 decision put to detailed study. This study

included discussions with the States, the two relevant Police

Associations and the Police Federation of Australia, and

•relevant Commonwealth Government bodies. . ■

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’ In making- this final decision to proceed with the .

creation of the new force the Ministers said that care has

been taken to ensure the special relationship that exists

between the present A.C.T. Police Force and the citizens .

of the· A.C.T. will be continued. To this end the Ministers .

said that subject to consultation with the A.C.T. Legislative

Assembly, the proposal of Sir Robert Mark for the creation

of a Territorial' Liaison Committee would be proceeded with.

In creating this new force the Government proposes

to adopt a number of new concepts that will be provided for

in the enabling -legislation. Particularly the /functions of

the Australian Federal Police will be provided for in legislatio/V,

The functions will be: ' · *

1. . Policing the A.C.T. ; .

2. Investigation of offences against Commonwealth

laws and, by agreement between Commissioners, of

' State made laws in Commonwealth places; '

3. Prevention of crime and protective measures; and . ·

’ 4. Matters ancillary to the above, as prescribed in the ■

Regulations. . '

In approving these functions, the Government has '

recognised those functions recommended by Sir Robert Mark;

the views of Sir Robert concerning jurisdictional boundaries;

and, the need co ensure the traditional role of the States

and their Police Forces is not compromised.

The relationship of the Australian Federal Police .

to the Executive is.another fundamental matter raised by

Sir Robert and by other authorities. In this regard the .

Government's legislation will .ensure the operational .

independence of the Australian Federal Police while providing

for administrative accountability.

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The Government is convinced that in making this

decision, the creation of the Australian Federal Police

will more effectively and economically co-ordinate police

resources in the areas of Commonwealth responsibility. It

will also provide a basis for more effective co-operation *

between the Commonwealth and the States. ·

13 December 1978