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Monday, 8 March 1999
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Senator Robert Ray asked the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 1 December 1998:

(1) What is the Government ministerial staffing establishment under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 as at 1 December 1998, including members of parliamentary staff employed in the: (a) Government Members' Secretariat; (b) the Cabinet Policy Unit; (c) Whips offices; and (d) the Leader of the National Party in the Senate.

(2) Which positions have not been filled.

(3) What is the breakdown by office of these staff and, in each instance, what is the employment classification.

(4) How many of these staff have Canberra as their nominated home base.


Senator Ellison (Special Minister of State) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) to (4) The following tables contain the information sought. Details are correct as at 1 December 1998.

Ministers

Office of

Consultant

Principal Adviser

Senior Adviser

Media Adviser

Adviser

Assistant Adviser

Personal Secretary

Total

Canberra based staff

Mr Howard

2

2

10

7 (1 vacant)

5

11 (1 vacant)

37

27

Mr Fischer

1

2

1 (vacant)

3

2

3

12

10

Mr Costello

1

3 (1 vacant)

1

2

2

3

12

8

Mr Anderson

1

1

4 (1 vacant)

2

2

10

9

Senator Hill

2

1

4

2

2

11

9

Senator Alston

2

1

3

2 (1 vacant)

2

10

6

Mr Reith

2

2

6 (2 vacant)

2 (1 vacant)

3

15

8

Senator Newman

1

2

3

3

3

12

8

Mr Downer

1

2

4

2

3

12

8

Mr Moore

1

2

3 (1 vacant)

3

3

12

7

Dr Wooldridge

2

3

2

2

9

3

Mr Fahey

1

1

4

1

3

10

9

Dr Kemp

1

1

4 (1 vacant)

2

2

10

4

Senator Minchin

2

1 (vacant)

3

2

2

10

7

Mr Williams

1

2

3

2

3

11

8

Mr Vaile

1

1

4

2

2

10

9

Mr Ruddock

1

2 (1 vacant)

4

2

3 (1 vacant)

12

8

Senator Vanstone

1

1

2

1

2

7

4

Mrs Bishop

1

1

1 (vacant)

2

5

3

Mr Scott

1

1

2

2

6

6

Senator Herron

1

1

1

2

5

4

Senator Kemp

1

1

3

1

6

4

Senator Ellison

1

1

1

3 (1 vacant)

6

4

Mr Truss

1

1

3

2

7

5

Mr McGauran

1

1

1

2 (1 vacant)

5

2

Senator Macdonald

1

1

1

2

5

2

Mr Abbott

1

1

1

2

5

2

Mr Tuckey

1

1

1

1

2

6

3

Mr Hockey

1

1

1

2

5

1

Miss Kelly

1

1

1

1

2

6

3

Parliamentary Secretaries

Office of

Assistant Adviser

Personal Secretary

Total

Canberra based staff

Senator Campbell

2 (1 vacant)

1 (vacant)

3

none

Senator Tambling

1

1

2

1

Ms Worth

1

1

2

1

Senator Troeth

1

1

2

2

Mrs Sullivan

1

1

2

1

Senator Patterson

1

1

2

none

Mr Slipper

1

1 (vacant)

2

none

Senator Abetz

1 (vacant)

1 (vacant)

2

none

Senator Heffernan

1

1

2

2

Mr Anthony

1

1

2

none

Mrs Stone

1 (vacant)

1

2

none

Mr Entsch

1

1

2

1

Government Members Secretariat

Office of

Senior Adviser

Adviser

Assistant Adviser

Personal Secretary

Total

Canberra based staff

Mr Ronaldson

1

4

3 (1 vacant)

1 (vacant)

9

6

Cabinet Policy Unit

Office of

Princi-pal Adviser

Senior Adviser

Assistant Adviser

Personal Secretary

Total

Canberra based staff

Mr Howard

1

2 (1 vacant)

1

4

3

Whips

Office of

Whip's Clerk

Personal Secretary

Total

Canberra based staff

Mr Ronaldson

1

1

2

1

Mr McArthur

1

1

1

Senator Calvert

1

1

1

Mr Forrest

1

1

1

Mr Neville

1

1

none

Senator O'Chee

1

1

none

Mrs Elson

1

1

1

Leader of the National Party in the Senate

Office of

Assistant Adviser

Personal Secretary

Total

Canberra based staff

Senator Boswell

1

1

2

none