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Thursday, 27 September 1973
Page: 1711

Mr Hunt asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Are members of the ACT Police Force patrolling Parliament House on 12-hour shifts.

(2)   Is it a fact that during the night patrol, when temperatures are below freezing point, the officers have no heating facilities or shelter.

(3)   Were officers who made makeshift heating devices near Parliament House ordered to remove them forthwith.

(4)   If the position is as stated will the AttorneyGeneral make arrangements to ensure that proper sentry boxes are provided for the Parliament House police patrol.

Mr Enderby - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Twelve hour shifts were necessary for some members for a short period but normal eight hour shifts are now being worked.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   Yes.

(4)   The Commissioner of Police has approached the Joint House Department seeking the provision of adequate shelter and heating facilities for members of the Force patrolling Parliament House.

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