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Monday, 14 October 1985
Page: 1179


Senator LEWIS(8.25) —I repeat to the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Gareth Evans) the questions that I asked in the course of my speech in the second reading debate. There was a lack of road patrols in the Australian Capital Territory during the World Cup Athletics. What were the cost recoveries? In what way does the Government see that the people of the Australian Capital Territory were receiving a fair deal in this arrangement? Were police actually paid overtime for long hours, or were they simply told to take time off in lieu? What other normal functions suffered as a result?

While the Minister gets his instructions, let me point out that if the Government keeps the numbers in the police force in the Australian Capital Territory down, yet expects them to undertake this sort of work, the people of the Australian Capital Territory can rightly claim that their police force is being used for special purposes of the Government and that they are entitled to receive some other service. That, undoubtedly, means that police will have to be paid overtime or additional police will have to be brought in from elsewhere.