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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4731


Mr Garland asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   How many persons were employed by Australian Government departments and instrumentalities in London as at 30 June 1 974, or a convenient recent date.

(2)   Which departments or instrumentalities employed these persons, and how many unfilled positions are there in each case.

(3)   What was the cost of salaries, wages, and other expenditure for 1973-74.

(4)   What is the similar information for Embassies at (a) Washington and (b) Tokyo, and the New York Consulate.


Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1) In May 1973 the Government decided that Mr J. E. Collings, Special Adviser to the Public Service Board, should undertake a comprehensive review of the Australian High Commission in London. The review covers the whole of the functions, organisation and staffing of the High Commission.

The Board has informed me that Mr Collings has submitted progressive initital reports on the Australia-based staffing of all Branches in the High Commission except for the Migration area, which the Board is discussing with the relevant Permanent Heads.

I am advised however, that as at 30 June 1974, a total of 1,307 people were employed by Australian Government departments and instrumentalities in London. Of these 1,021 people were attached to the Australian High Commission. The remainder were independent of the High Commission.

(2)   The names of the departments and instrumentalities which employed these people and the number of unfilled positions are set out in the following table:

 

 

(3)   I am informed that the information on the cost of salaries, wages and other expenditure for 1973-74 sought by the honourable member is not readily available. To extract this information would involve considerable time and effort that I am reluctant to authorise. Some expenditure figures on the cost of overseas representation are available, however, for the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Labor and Immigration and Overseas Trade. These figures are shown at pages 53 to 62 of the document 'Estimates of Receipts and Summary of Estimated Expenditure ' ( 1 974-75 Budget Paper No. 4). Further information showing a breakdown of administrative costs incurred by these Departments is in the document 'Appropriation Bill (No. 1 ) 1 974-75 '. ( 1 974-75 Budget Paper No. 2 )

(4)   (a) Australian Embassy, Washington

(i)   As at 30 June 1974 a total of 343 people were employed by Australian Government departments and instrumentalities on the staff of the Embassy in Washington.

(ii)   The number of filled and unfilled positions and the names of departments and instrumentalities which employed these people are set out in the following table:

 

In addition I understand the following statutory body had staff assigned to Washington who were not attached to the Embassy.

 

(b)   Australian Embassy, Tokyo

(i)   As at 30 June 1974 a total of 137 people were employed by Australian Government departments and instrumentalities on the staff of the Embassy in Tokyo.

(ii)   The number of filled and unfilled positions and the names of departments and instrumentalities which employed these people are set out in the following table:

 

In addition I understand the following statutory bodies and instrumentalities had staff assigned to Tokyo who were not attached to the Embassy.

 

(c)   Australian Consulate-General, New York

(i)   As at 30 June 1 974 a total of 1 54 people were employed by Australian Government departments on the staff of the Consulate-General in New York.

(ii)   The number of filled and unfilled positions and the names of departments and instrumentalities which employed these people are set out in the following table:

 

In addition I understand the following statutory bodies and instrumentalities had staff assigned to New York who were not attached to the Consulate-General.

 







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