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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 122

(Question No. 1186)

Senator Hill asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 8 March 1993:

  (1) What are the details of the remuneration package that will be provided to the honourable Neal Blewett in his capacity as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

  (2) What are the nature and quantum of any benefits or allowances that Dr Blewett will receive in addition to his base salary.

Senator Gareth Evans —The answer to the honourable Senator's question is as follows:

  (1) Dr Blewett will be paid a salary at the level of Basic Departmental Secretary (Level A), currently $120,000 but subject to adjustments as determined from time to time by the Remuneration Tribunal.

  (2) Benefits and allowances that Dr Blewett will receive as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom will include the following:

  Overseas allowances at the level appropriate for Basic Departmental Secretary (Level A).

  Official travel as for officers at Secretary level at First Class standard.

  Travelling Allowance will be that for Basic Departmental Secretary (Level A).

  The terms and conditions for Dr Blewett's appointment have yet to be formally agreed, but it is anticipated that they will be identical to those of public servants of the equivalent level with the following exceptions:

  Dr Blewett will be appointed for a four year term, whereas for public servants no term is stipulated.

  Dr Blewett will be granted two periods of leave and consultations during his four year appointment. This accords broadly with the practice for appointees drawn from the Public Service who usually serve a three year term and who, if extended by one year, may then receive on request an additional leave and consultations program.

  A termination clause, which would apply if his posting were discontinued at the request of the Government of the day, will provide that Dr Blewett shall receive an amount equivalent to two months salary for every six months remaining of his appointment.