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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1060

(Question No. 1075)

Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs , upon notice, on 23 August 1984:

(1) How many word processors, stenographers and typists are employed in the Minister's Department.

(2) As of 1 September 1984, how many such staff have been, or are, off work with repetition strain injury or suspected repetition strain injury.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Department of Foreign Affairs employs 490 permanent staff on full time keyboard duties. This includes 18 word processing supervisors and typists, 336 stenographers and typists, and 136 communicators. The Department also employs in its passports offices 37 clerical officers or clerical assistants who use VDU keyboards on a full time basis and a further 20 clerical officers who, as supervisors, frequently use VDU keyboards. In addition, an estimated 40 other Departmental officers use VDU keyboards for some time each day.

(2) 24.