The Tasmanian Liberals pay tribute to the retiring Police Commissioner, Mr Jack Johnston, APM, on his more than four decades of distinguished service to the State. I note that he leaves his post with an unblemished record and remains in good standing both professionally and personally.
Jack Johnston joined Tasmania Police in 1968 and has served in operational areas in Tasmania Police throughout the State, and two years with the National Crime Authority in Adelaide. He has made a major contribution to the war against drugs, and to modernising the structure of the Police Service.
The State Opposition wishes Mr Johnston well in his retirement.
Given the proximity of the election, we would expect the Government to take no action in relation to the appointment of the new Commissioner, which must be an open, transparent and accountable process, until after the outcome of the election is known.