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Wednesday, 2 April 1980
Page: 1423

Senator Walsh asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 2 1 February 1980:

(   1 ) How many police, both Federal and State, were required to provide security for the Prime Minister on his recent fishing trip to Tasmania: (a) on the way to; and (b) at, the fishing spot.

(2)   What was the amount and cost of overtime incurred by personal staff, police and service personnel during this trip.

(3)   What was the total cost borne by the taxpayers per fish caught by the Prime Minister on this trip.

Senator Scott - The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   I ) to (3) It is a practice of long standing that security arrangements are made for the Prime Minister of the day. lt is also a practice of long standing that information about security arrangements is not made public. The need for security arrangements was amply demonstrated at North Fitzroy on 30 March 1 980 when the Prime Minister was subjected to violent attack at a demonstration promoted and supported by a Labor Councillor of the Fitzroy Council on the occasion of the opening of an aged persons nursing home.

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