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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 3037

(Question No. 1427)

Senator Kilgariff asked the Minister representing the Minister for Territories, upon notice, on 14 October 1986:

Does the Minister for Territories consider a police presence to be necessary on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, given the population of the Islands and the numerous ships and charter aircraft which regularly visit the Islands; if so, what action is being taken to establish a police presence on the Islands.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Territories has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands had a population of 616 persons at 30 June 1986. They are a very law abiding community. The Special Magistrate, who is also an employee of the Administration, has not had to hear a case since his appointment on 26 March 1984. In the circumstances, the presence of a member of a regular police force is not considered necessary.

An officer of the Administration holds the position of constable. My Department is making arrangements for the appointment of Special Constables in the Territory, should they be required.