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Wednesday, 2 April 1941

Mr Calwell l asked the Acting Prime Minister, upon notice -

What are the designations and salaries of the private secretaries, assistant private secretaries, typists, messengers and such like officers attached to each Minister, and which of these officers are (a) permanent and (b) temporary public servants?

Mr Fadden - The information is being obtained and will be furnished to the honorable member as soon as possible.

Housing of Munition Workers.

Mr Holt t.- On the 14th March, 1941, the honorable member for Werriwa (Mr. Lazzarini) asked, without notice, whether the official appointed by the Commonwealth Government to investigate the housing of munition workers would visit Port Kembla and Wollongong.

I now inform the honorable member that the Welfare Division of my department is concerned with the housing problems of munition workers, and Mr. Brodie, the special officer engaged on this work, has already visited Lithgow, Glen Davis, and Footscray, and is at present dealing with matters concerning the housing of workers in those places. It is probable that he will be able to visit Port Kembla and Wollongong as soon as he has completed the other urgent work which he now has in hand.

Australian Advisory War Council.

Mr Blackburn n asked the Acting Prime Minister -

1.   What is the form of (a) oath and (b) affirmation determined by the GovernorGeneral under regulation 4 of Statutory Rules 1940, No. 235, and required to be taken by each member of the Australian Advisory War Council ?

2.   What are the decisions of which the council is required to keep a record pursuant to regulation 7(4) of the same Rules?

3.   Are such decisions made by a majority ofthe members of the council; if not, how are they made?

Mr Fadden - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The form of (a) oath and (b) affirmation determined by the Governor-General under regulation 4 of Statutory Rules 1940, No. 235, and required to he taken by each member of the Australian Advisory War Council, is set out hereunder: -

I, being chosen and admitted of His Majesty's Australian Advisory War Council in the Commonwealth of Australia, do swear (or, in the case of affirmation, solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare) that I will to the best of my judgment at all times when thereto required freely give my counsel and advice to the Governor-General or Officer Administering the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia for the time being with respect to matters relating to the defence of the Commonwealth of Australia or the prosecution of the war, that I will not directly or indirectly reveal such matters as shall be debated in Council and committed to my secrecy, but that I will in all things be a true and faithful Councillor.

So help me, God! [In the ease of affirmation these words to be omitted.]


2.   A record is maintained of all subjects which come before the council for discussion and of the conclusions of the council thereon.

3.   The conclusions above referred to are recorded as the views of the council.

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