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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2561

Dr Everingham asked the Prime Minis ter, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Commonwealth provide accommodation in recent weeks for police in Queensland.

(2)   If so, what is the estimated saving to the Queensland Government.

(3)   What is the estimated cost of publicity and other assistance provided by Australian governments to combat racism in 1971.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes. AsI announced in a statement of 15th July 1971, the provision of Commonwealth accommodation for Queensland police during the visit of the South African rugby union team to Brisbane was made in response to a request by the Queensland Government. The request was agreed to in the interests of public safety and following assurances by the Queensland Government that it could not provide the accommodation from within its own resources.

(2)   The provision of this information is entirely a matter for the Queensland Government. A charge of $12,801.97 in respect of accommodation and food for the period involved has been made by the Army on the Queensland Police Department.

(3)   Not ascertainable. Information in respect of the States would be a matter for State Governments. As I announced in a statement on 22nd March 1971 to mark the International Year for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination, the Commonwealth made a specific grant of$12,000to assist the Australian Committee to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination with its programme in connection with the Year.

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