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Question Without Notice No. 71 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 February 2020 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

POLICE — WAGES POLICY

71. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I refer to a recent statement by the WA Police Union that it had presented its members with the state government's final offer in an attempt to resolve the long-running pay dispute.

(1) Does the state government recognise that a fair pay rise and improved conditions are vital to attracting and retaining police officers?

(2) Does the state government plan to change its state wages policy and again leave police officers out in the cold like it did in 2017?

(3) Why has the state government done nothing over the last three years to improve the state's police-to-population ratio?

(4) Does the state government concede that the failure to adequately resource and remunerate the police is placing community safety at risk?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided to me by the Minister for Police; Road Safety.

(1) Yes.

(2) The question should be referred to the Minister for Industrial Relations.

(3) The government has increased the number of police officers and the police-to-population ratio has improved. There were 153 more officers in November 2019 than in February 2017.

(4) No.