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Thursday, 26 November 1959

Mr Costa (BANKS, NEW SOUTH WALES) a asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   How many positions in the Commonwealth Public Service are classified with standard salaries of £3,350 or higher per annum, and in which departments do they occur?

2.   What is the total staff employed by each department?

3.   What factors determine the inclusion of a. position in the Second Division?

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

1.   As at 1st September, 1959, the number of. permanent positions classified £3,350 and above was -


These figures exclude certain statutory offices such as the Commissioner of Taxation, the Commissioners of the Public Service Board, and the Commissioner for Repatriation. Both professional and administrative positions are included.

2.   The total staff under the Public Service Act employed by each department at 30th September, 1959, was-


3.   The factors which determine the inclusion of a position in the Second Division are stated in section 24(2) of the Public Service Act., viz.:- " The Second Division shall include officers who, under officers of the First Division, are required to exercise executive or professional functions in the more important offices of the Service, and whose offices the Governor-General, on the recommendation of the Board, directs to be included in that Division."

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