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Thursday, 18 May 1972
Page: 1781

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - Is the AttorneyGeneral aware that members of the Queensland Police Union are now conducting a ballot to decide whether they will proceed with a vote of no confidence in the Queensland Country Party-Liberal coalition Government and also in the Police Commissioner in relation to their attitudes towards demonstrations? Does not the vote indicate criticism of the Queensland Government in this matter?

Senator GREENWOOD - We know that the Queensland State election will be held on Saturday week, and it is patently obvious that the question asked by the honourable senator, which bears absolutely no relationship to any matter of Commonwealth responsibility, is but one way in which some cheap publicity might be secured for a party which cannot get any other publicity that is likely to assist it. Whether or not I know what the Queensland Police Union is doing; whether or not I believe what it is doing reflects confidence or otherwise in a government, obviously are only questions which could be designed to ensure that this Senate becomes a forum for the State election in Queensland. I suggest to the honourable senator that his Party might do a lot better if it settled down to have a look at some distinctive policies and put those to the people instead of once again using the whole area of the police force as an area in which there can be denigration when, above all else, the police force wants support.

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