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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 404

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 1 9 March 1 980:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to reports of allegations made by current members of the Australian Federal Police who were members of the former Commonwealth Police Force that they have been disadvantaged, have suffered loss of status, and have had a diminution of career prospects as a result of the creation of the Australian Federal Police; if so, is there any substance in these allegations.

(2)   If there is any substance in the allegations, (a) in what particular areas are members disadvantaged and (b) how many members are affected.

(3)   Has he given assurances that, with the creation of the new Australian Federal Police Force, the jobs, career prospects and terms and conditions of employment of members of the former Australian Capital Territory and Commonwealth Police Forces will not be at risk; if so, what measures will the Government take to achieve this.

Mr John McLeay (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1   ) and (2) Yes, I am aware that the allegations referred to by the honourable member have been made. They have been the subject of discussions between officers of the Australian Federal Police and representatives of the two Police Associations. 1 am advised that to date evidence has not been produced to substantiate the allegations by members of their Associations. In fact, the two Police Associations have recently signed a formal agreement for amalgamation.

(3)   Yes, on 10 May 1979 in the Second Reading Speech on the Australian Federal Police Bill 1979, {Hansard, page 2092) I reiterated assurances given by Ministers that jobs, career prospects and terms and conditions of employment of members of both present Forces would not be at risk for the amalgamation of the two former Forces into the Australian Federal Police. These assurances were honoured in the legislation.

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