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Thursday, 1 April 1971

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - Can the Minister representing the Attorney-General inform the Parliament what methods are adopted in allocating Commonwealth funds to the various States to cover operations of State police? Is a State informed that a specific amount is available for this purpose, or is it taken from the general allocation to the State? Is the Minister aware that the general ratio of police to the population of Australia is in the vicinity of 1 to 650? Would it not be desirable to have the ratio set at approximately 1 to 500?

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