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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3449


Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice:

(1)   What are the privileges and benefit payments available to former Australian Prime Ministers still living who (a) have retired from the Parliament and (b) are still serving in the Parliament, and will the Minister identify the beneficiary in each case.

(2)   Will the Minister supply similar details in relation to the wives or widows of former Prime Ministers.


Mr Street (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) (Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Public Service Matters) - The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) and (2 ) Under the Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Act 1948 a Prime Minister may qualify, in the same way as other members of Parliament, for a parliamentary retiring allowance which becomes payable on retirement from the Parliament. His service as a Prime Minister may have qualified him also for a ministerial or a prime ministerial retiring allowance.

It is not the practice for details relating to individual contributors under the Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Act to be made public The following former Prime Ministers and widows of former Prime Ministers are in receipt of retiring allowances under the Act:

Lady Fadden

Rt Hon. J. G.Gorton

The Hon. Dame Enid Lyons

Rt Hon. Sir John McEwen

Rt Hon. Sir Robert Menzies

Lady Jean Page

In addition, ex-gratia payments related to the parliamentary retiring allowances are paid by my Department to the Rt Hon. F. M. Forde and the Hon. Dame Enid Lyons.

Details of the privileges of former Prime Ministers are as follows:

(   a ) Former Prime Ministers no longer in the Parliament

Sir RobertMenzies

Granted under Holt Government in 1 966: office accommodation in Melbourne, including furniture, equipment and facilities normally associated with such an office overseas fares met officially for self and wife in respect of visits abroad on occasions connected with his former office staff of- one Private Secretary one Steno-Secretary Grade 1 (unoccupied) unrestricted use of an official car with regular driver in Victoria, plus part-time medical orderly assistance to enable Sir Robert to use this facility.* Access to pool car transport elsewhere use of official cars at overseas posts on particular occasions of significance associated with the visit

Granted under Whitlam Government in 1974: access to official cars for Dame Pattie Menzies

* Part-time medical orderly assistance granted under Fraser Government in 1976.

Sir JohnMcEwen

Granted under the Gorton Government in 1 970: office accommodation in Melbourne including furniture, equipment and facilities normally associated with such an office unrestricted use of an official car with regular driver in Victoria and access to pool transport elsewhere retention of Federal Member trunk telephone authority card (not valid for phonograms) access to official cars at Australian overseas posts staff of- one Private Secretary

Mr J.G.Gorton

Commitment made under McMahon Government in 1971, implemented under Fraser Government in 1 976: office accommodation in Canberra including furniture, equipment and facilities normally associated with such an office unrestricted use of an official car with regular driver in the A.C.T. and access to pool transport elsewhere retention of Federal Member trunk telephone authority card (not valid for phonograms) access to official cars at Australian overseas posts staffof- one Private Secretary

Mr F.M.Forde

Granted under Holt Government in 1 967: official car transport to attend functions to which he is invited because of his former office as Prime Minister

Granted under Whitlam Government in 1 975: part-time secretarial assistance- for up to two mornings a week- to help with correspondence.

(b)   Former Prime Minister still in Parliament

Mr W.McMahon

Granted under Whitlam Government in 1 972: in addition to private member's travel entitlement in Australia, may be accompanied by wife at official expense unrestricted use of an official car with regular driver for self and wife in Sydney, with access to pool car transport elsewhere for self and wife postage, and official telephone at residence, for official purposes staff of- one Private Secretary one Steno-secretary, Grade 1 one Assistant Private Secretary office accommodation in Sydney, including furniture, equipment and facilities normally associated with such an office.

Granted under Whitlam Government in 1 973: official telephone at two residences for official purposes.

The widow of a former Prime Minister may use Commonwealth cars to attend functions to which she has been invited because of her position as widow of a former Prime Minister. At present Dame Zara Bate, Lady Fadden, the Hon. Dame Enid Lyons and Lady Page have this entitlement







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