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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
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Mr Morris asked the Minister for Productivity upon notice, on 5 October 1977:

(   1 ) On what occasions and for what purposes has he travelled overseas during the period 1 1 November 1975 to date.

(2)   What was the name, classification and salary of all persons who accompanied him on each occasion.

(3)   What was the cost of (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) other expenditure, and what was the total cost incurred in respect of himself and each person who travelled with him on each journey overseas.

(4)   Which airlines and/or other means of transport were utilised during each journey overseas.


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

I refer the honourable member to the reply provided by the Prime Minister to Senate question No. 1116, which appeared in Hansard on 8 November 1977.

Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs: Expenditure on Travel (Question No. 1649)


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs:

(   1 ) What amounts of his Department's travel and subsistence expenditure were spent on (a) overseas and (b) domestic travel during 1976-77.

(2)   What percentage of total expenditure on travel and subsistence did each of these amounts represent.


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

The amounts expended on fares and travelling allowance excluding car hire for the travel and subsistence appropriation in Australia (including short term overseas visits) are:

(1)   a. Overseas travel-$70,961 b. Domestic travel-$ 156,894

(2)   a. Overseas travel- 20.93 per cent b. Domestic travel- 46.36 per cent

Amounts expended on fares and travelling allowance at overseas posts where Immigration and Ethnic Affairs is represented, and the cost of travel of officers and their families both from and to Australia and inter post are:

(   1 ) Travel at posts - $99,949 Overseas transfer costs-$499,092

(2)   Travel at posts- 12.19percent Overseas transfer costs- 60.89 per cent

Department of Aboriginal Affairs: Expenditure on Travel (Question No. 1650)


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 5 October 1977:

(1)   What amounts of his Department 's travel and subsistence expenditure were spent on (a) overseas and (b) domestic travel during 1976-/7.

(2)   What percentage of total expenditure on travel and subsistence did each of these amounts represent


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

(1)   (a) Overseas-$1,006 (b) Domestic-$794,114

(2)   (a) 0.1 3 per cent (b) 99.87 per cent.

Department of Construction: Expenditure on Travel (Question No. 1653)


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Construction, upon notice, on 5 October 1977:

(   1 ) What amounts of his Department's travel and subsistence expenditure were spent on (a) overseas and (b) domestic travel during 1 976-/7.

(2)   What percentage of total expenditure on travel and subsistence did each of these amounts represent


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

(   1 ) The amounts expended on fares and travelling allowances in 1976-77 are set out below. For comparison, I have incorporated figures for the two full financial years of the previous Government i.e., 1973-74 and 1974-75.

(a)   Overseas travel, 1973-74- $53,329 Overseas travel, 1974-75-897,510 Overseas travel, 1976-77- $59,273

(b)   Domestic travel, 1973-74-$l,284,317 Domestic travel, 1974-75-$2,154,066 Domestic travel, 1976-77- $1,669,564

(2)   The percentages of the Department's expenditure on fares and travelling allowance were:

(a)   Overseas travel, 1973-74- 4 per cent Overseas travel, 1974-75- 4 per cent Overseas travel, 1976-77-3 per cent

(b)   Domestic travel, 1973-74-96 per cent Domestic travel, 1974-75- 96 percent Domestic travel, 1976-77-97 percent

The information shown for the years 1973-74 and 1974-75 includes a component for the housing sector of the then Department of Housing and Construction.

Department of Productivity: Expenditure on Travel (Question No. 1658)


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Productivity on 5 October 1977:

(   1 ) What amounts of bis Department 's travel and subsistence expenditure were spent on (a) overseas and (b) domestic travel during 1976-77.

(2)   What percentage of total expenditure on travel and subsistence did each of these amounts represent.


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

The Department of Productivity was created on 8 November 1976. During the remainder of the financial year 1976-77, the following are the relevant details.

(1)   (a) Overseas travel, 1976-77-$39,635 (b) Domestic travel, 1976-77- $439,818

(2)   (a) The percentages of the Department's expenditure on travel and subsistence (excluding car hire) were:

Overseas 8.3 per cent of total Domestic 9 1 .7 per cent of total

Department of Veterans' Affairs: Expenditure on Travel (Question No. 1660)


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 5 October 1977:

(1)   What amounts of his Department's travel and subsistence expenditure were spent on (a) overseas and (b) domestic travel during 1976-77.

(2)   What percentage of total expenditure on travel and subsistence did each of these amounts represent.


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

(1)   The amounts expended on fares and allowance, excluding car hire, in 1976-77 are set out below. For comparison I have incorporated figures for the two full financial years of the previous Government Ie. 1973-74 and 1974-75:

(a)   Overseas travel in 1973-74, $10,335; 1974-75, $36,251; 1976-77, $30,188.

(b)   Domestic travel 1973-74, $442,887; 1974-75, $623,589; 1976-77, $558,608.

(2)   The percentages of the Department's expenditure on travel and subsistence, excluding car hire, were:

(a)   Overseas 1973-74, 2 per cent; 1974-75, 5 per cent; 1976-77, 5 percent.

(b)   Domestic 1973-74, 98 percent; 1974-75, 95 percent; 1976-77,95 percent

Assistance to Aboriginal Community at Lockridge, Western Australia (Question No. 1674)


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice on S October 1977:

In what circumstances can members of the Aboriginal community now living at Lockridge near Guildford in Western Australia be helped by:

(a)   the Homeless Persons Assistance Scheme and

(b)   the Aboriginal Land Fund (Senate Hansard, 14 September 1977, page 824).


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

(a)   The Homeless Persons Assistance Act 1 974 is administered by the Department of Social Security and makes available financial assistance to eligible organisations to provide temporary accommodation, meals and personal services for homeless men and women. It is understood that several organisations in the Guildford area have made inquiries about attracting assistance for the provision of hostel facilities for homeless Aboriginals. No formal applications have been lodged with the Department of Social Security.

(b)   The Aboriginal Land Fund Commission is empowered to make grants of money available to Aboriginal corporations or lands trusts to acquire land for traditional, cultural or economic purposes. Alternatively, it can purchase land itself and make it available to those bodies. By ministerial direction, it is not permitted to purchase land in the metropolitan area or for the prime purpose of housing.







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