Police union support for Liberal policy

THE Police Association has moved a motion supporting the Liberal Party's police policy after Opposition Leader Will Hodgman spoke at its conference in Hobart today.

Police Minister David O'Byrne was not invited to speak at the conference and has been blocked out by the Association since it moved a no confidence motion against him and the government in 2012.

The Association is also running advertising against the government and last week letter boxed houses in Franklin, Mr O'Byrne's electorate, asking voters not to vote for him.

However President Pat Allen told delegates in Hobart today that the Association did not have any political affiliations.

"The PAT is not aligned to any political party, and the Leader (of the Opposition, Will Hodgman, who was sitting in the room) will tell you that," Mr Allen said.

The motion supporting the Opposition's policy was made immediately after Mr Hodgman's speech and stated: "that this conference supports the Liberal Party plan as outlined by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Will Hodgman, in relation to the restoration of the police  numbers and associated budget costs within the first term of government."

None of the 45 delegates spoke or voted against the motion.

The Opposition has promised $33 million over four years to restore police numbers to the pre-2011 budget cut figures of 1228.

The Government has said it will maintain an establishment force of 1120 officers - there are 1088 now.

Mr Hodgman said the opposition's policy was costed on treasury estimates and would be funded out of $500 million in budget savings.

Mr O'Byrne has said the opposition's  police recruitment policy was an "impossible."

Pat Allen

Pat Allen


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