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Thursday, 25 February 1971

Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - Has the attention of the Minister representing the Treasurer been drawn to a somewhat alarming report in this morning's Press that for economic reasons police overtime has been cut out in Victoria and that as a result some police stations are being closed and certain necessary police duties restricted? In view of the cardinal importance to the community of a properly paid and efficient police force, will the Minister consult with the Victorian Government and perhaps consider action under section 96 or whatever may be the correct constitutional provision to enable the emergency to be met?


I would have thought that decisions on the administration of the Victorian Police Force rest exclusively and entirely with the Victorian Government. I do not think there would be any mileage to be gained or any marks to be earned by the Commonwealth intervening and telling the Victorian Government how to conduct its affairs - indeed the administration of a particular department. Frankly, I think we have to accept that the Victorian Government has taken that decision after using its judgment.

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