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Wednesday, 13 May 1981
Page: 2385

(Question No. 1757)

Mr Bungey asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 9 April 1981:

(1) How many dogs, and of what breeds, were being used by the Australian Federal Police Force as at 30 June 1980.

(2) For what duties were they being used.

(3) Has any consideration been given to using drug addicted dogs in drug detection work; if so, what decisions were made.

(4) What salary and special allowances are paid to dog handlers in the Force.

Mr Newman —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) 15 German Shepherd dogs.

(2) Guarding, explosives detection, and general police work.

(3) I am advised that in accordance with established practice and consistent with the recommendations of the Australian Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drugs, the Bureau of Customs provides the services of drug detector dogs to the Australian Federal Police when requested. I am further advised that the dogs are not drug addicted.

(4) Salaries applicable to the members concerned plus a dog handler's allowance of 43c per shift.