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Monday, 10 September 1984
Page: 916


Mr YOUNG (Special Minister of State)(5.06) —I hope that the Australian Federal Police does not have to wait for the honourable member for Boothby (Mr Steele Hall) to return to government to get additional resources because by that time crime will be running rampant. Very briefly, using 1982-83 as the base figures there were 3,073 members of the Australian Federal Police. In 1983-84 there was an increase of 256 or 8.3 per cent. In 1984-85 there was an increase of 164 or 4.9 per cent. That is a total of an additional 420 or 13.67 per cent in the manpower resources of the AFP. I am sorry that I do not have all the particulars of the consultants with me but, as the honourable member knows, the Department of the Special Minister of State services all departments with consultants. I will get the information for the honourable member for Boothby.

I put on record in relation to the make-up of the AFP that, when the guarding service is separated from the AFP, some 65 per cent of all AFP personnel will be involved in or utilised on investigative work, which will give it a very high ratio of people involved in what we in this Parliament are concerned about with respect to major or organised crime in this country. I would have thought that a very high figure, considering the history of the AFP and the very rapid development and impost of responsibilities placed on it in the last four or five years.

Proposed expenditures agreed to.

Department of Foreign Affairs

Proposed expenditure, $981,602,000.