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Wednesday, 10 October 1956

Mr Ward (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) d asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   Does the Army have any personnel engaged upon public relations work?

2.   If so, how many are so employed, what is their rank, and pay, and what are their precise duties?

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

1.   Yes.

2.   The Army public relations staff is organized as follows: -

Army Head-quarters. - Director of Public Relations (Civil), one; major, one; captain, one; journalist (civil) (temporary), one; clerks (civil), two; typist (civil), one.

Commands. - On Head-quarters, Eastern and Southern Commands. - Lieutenant-colonel, one; warrant officer, Class 2, photographer, one; clerk (civil), one. On Head-quarters, Northern Command. - Major, one; warrant officer, class 2, photographer, one; clerk (civil) (part-time), one. On Head-quarters, Central, Western and Tasmania Commands. - Captain, one.

In each command, there are Citizen Military Forces public relations officers on part-time duty with major formations

Malaya. - Australian Army Force: Captain, one; warrant officer, class 2, photographer, one; warrant officer, class 2, reporter-clerk, one; sergeant clerk, one.

Rates of Pay. - Director - Commonwealth Public Service salary range £l,888-£2,053), which is the equivalent of the salary of an A1 journalist; journalist (civil), £29 12s. a week; commissioned officers, in accordance with the Regular Army pay code applicable to their rank ranging from £5 7s. a day for a lieutenant-colonel to £3 4s. 7d. a day for a captain; warrant officer, class 2, £211s.11d. a day: sergeant. £2 5s. 8d. a day.

Marriage and other allowances are additional and are paid where appropriate.

Duties. - The Directorate of Public Relations performs the following functions: -

(a)   By direction of the Military Board -

Supervision of Army publicity within the Commonwealth and overseas, including policy direction and administration of the Public Relations Service in Malaya; planning and supervision of expenditure of an annual publicity vote; appointment and training of public relations officers in publicity techniques and planning and preparation of the Army publicity organization for mobilization; production of publicity and recruiting films and radio broadcast features; co-ordinationof public relations recruiting publicity with the Directorate of Recruiting; liaison with press, broadcasting and newsreels. press inquiries and visits to Army establishments, camps, ceremonials; preparation and distribution of press statements and publicity photographs, blocks, and stereos to metropolitan and country newspapers; internal publicrelations within the Army.

(b)   Ministerial publicity functions - General press and radio publicity covering Army and departmental activities on a higher, or policy level; interpretation through general publicity media of government policy concerning the Army; preparation, release and distribution of principal ministerial statements.

Transfer of Army Officers.

Mr Ward d asked the Minister for the

Army, upon notice -

How many Army officers have been seconded to - (a) the Department of External Affairs, and (b) other departments in each of the last five years?

Mr Cramer - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

Army officers who have been seconded for duty with other departments in each year since 1st January, 1951, number -

(a)   Department of External Affairs. - 1951, 8; 1952, 2; 1953, 2; 1954, 2; 1955, 2; 1956, 5.

(b)   Other Commonwealth departments. - 1951, 30; 1952, 31; 1953, 30; 1954, 20; 1955, 27; 1956, 10.

Australian Army Camps.

Mr Luchetti i asked the Minister for the

Army, upon notice -

1.   What was the number of Army camps in use and under the control of the Army at the end of World War II.?

2.   How many camps are now in use?

3.   What is the number of camps under the control of the Army not being used for Army purposes?

4.   How many camps were sold or leased by the Department of the Army?

5.   What was the total cost of the construction of all Army camps, and what has been realized " from the sale of Army camps and establishments?

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

1.   Eighty-three, each of which provided accommodation for more than 1,000 personnel. There were also numerous smaller temporary transit camps established at various strategic locations providing accommodation for lesser numbers.

2.   Twenty-three wholly and three partly used (Wacol, Queensland; Woodside, South Australia; and Wallgrove, New South Wales).

3.   The number of camps which are nominally under Army control, in that the sites were acquired for my department's use, and which are now occupied on a permissive occupancy basis by other Commonwealth departments is: Three wholly and three partly. There are no Army personnel in these camps wholly occupied by other departments and responsibility for repairs and maintenance and general administration rests with the occupying department, or is shared proportionately where camps are jointly occupied.

4.   Fifty-four camps, each of which provided accommodation for more than 1,000 personnel, have been disposed of by my department in that control thereof has been passed to the appropriate Commonwealth authority, i.e. the Commonwealth Disposals Commission, which functioned until July, 1949, and since that date the Department of the Interior, in which the custody of all Commonwealth property is vested. 5. (a) Construction costs. - The total cost of the construction of all Army camps is not known. Camps were constructed by many agencies during the war - generally under conditions of extreme urgency. (b) Realizations from disposals. - It is regretted the information desired is not available within my department. Since the war the Commonwealth Disposals Commission (until July, 1949) and then the Department of the Interior have arranged the disposal of Army assets and any moneys obtained have been paid into Consolidated Revenue. To obtain the desired information from the various authorities concerned would require detailed research involving many man hours. It is regretted that staff are not available for the task.

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