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Wednesday, 26 June 1946

Mr Francis s asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice -

1.   How many (a) permanent, and (6) temporary male and female officers were employed in the Department of Immigration at the end of 1943, 194.4 and 1945?

2.   How many of each class are employed at present?

3.   How many in each class are in receipt of £350 a year ormore?

4.   What are (a) their names, (b) their duties, (c) salaries, (d) previous experience, and (e) military service?

5.   How many officers of the department have been sent overseas?

6.   What are their names, to where have they been sent, what are their duties, and what salaries and/or allowances do they receive?

Mr Calwell - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The Department of Immigration was not formed until July, 1945. The numbers employed at the end of that year were: Permanent - Male, 24, female, 5; temporary - Male 12, female 4.

2.   The present strength of the staff isas follows : Permanent - Male 49; female 5: temporary - Male 25; female 17.

3.   The present staff in the various classes in receipt of £350 per annum and over are: Permanent - Male 41 ; temporary - Male 8. (The honorable member for Moreton will be aware that a salary of £350 per annum (actual) comes within the minimum range for base-rate clerks. )

4.   I do not feel that I would be justified in wasting public money on the laborious task involved in supplying the multitudinous details of information involved in this question. Much of the information sought has already been supplied in budget papers. If the honorable member for Moreton desires information on any specific matter which does not make any great inroad upon the time of the officers of my department, who are working under heavy pressure in order to cope with an ever increasing volume of work, I shall be happy to meet his request.

5.   Six officers have been sent overseas. They are all stationed in London. In addition a number of members of the Royal Australian Air Force who arc permanent Commonwealth servants have taken their discharges in London and are employed in the Migration Branch at Australia House.

6.   Particulars of the six officers sent overseas are as follows: -


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