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Tuesday, 22 March 1904


Sir JOHN FORREST (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Home Affairs) - The answers to the- honorable and learned member's questions are as follow: -

1.   The services of members of the Police Force were, in certain cases, utilized in connexion with the recent Federal election. Remuneration at the usual rate of 10s. per day was available for payment by the Divisional Returning Officer to each officer so engaged.

2.   See reply to Question No. 1. '

3.   The Chief Commissioner of Police intimated, on the 23rd December last, that he proposed to collect, and return to the Chief Electoral Officer for the Commonwealth, any amounts paid to the police who assisted at the elections, as he thought a distinction should not be made between those officers who were on duty at the entrance to the polling places and other officers who were on ordinary police duty at the polling booths.

4.   The amounts already paid have been refunded by the police concerned, and are at present in the hands of the Chief Commissioner of Police awaiting re-payment to the Commonwealth.

5.   No. The payments were made to the individual members of the Police Force, but, acting under the instructions of their superior officer, they appear to have subsequently remitted the amounts to their head-quarters.







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