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Thursday, 16 September 1971
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Dr Everingham asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Has be been approached by the State Premiers for reimbursement of several million dollars spent to ensure the success of the recent Springboks' tour and for payment of the anticipated expenses if a South African cricket team, selected by political decree on racial and not sporting criteria, is allowed to come to Australia.

(2)   Can he say what expense was involved for police protection during the recent tour in respect of extra pay, allowances, travel, accommodation, leave forfeited and special constructions,

(3)   Have police commissioners expressed fear of increased suburban crime if the understaffing of police stations which occurred during the tour is repeated during a cricketing tour.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No.

(2)   Police forces within the States are a responsibility of State governments and I have no knowledge of what expenses may have been incurred by them in connection with the Springbok rugby tour.

(3)   The South African cricket tour has now been cancelled and the question does not arise.

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