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Thursday, 28 August 1958

Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice -

Why has no date yet been proclaimed for the Commonwealth Police Act 1957 to come into operation?

Mr Menzies - The Attorney-General has supplied the following information: -

Before the act can be brought into force, extensive regulations are necessary. In addition, the terms and conditions of service of Commonwealth police officers are to be determined by the Attorney-General under section 5 (4) of the act with the concurrence of the Public Service Board. The Attorney-General has pointed out that these considerations involve the establishment of an administrative structure operating in all States of the Commonwealth. He had hoped that these administrative steps could all have been completed before this, but unfortunately the work involved, taken in conjunction with the other commitments of his department, has not permitted this to be done. However, the matter is being actively pursued.

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