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Thursday, 5 March 1942

Mr Curtin n. - On the 17th December, 1941, the honorable member for Melbourne (Mr. Calwell) asked me the following questions, upon notice -

1.   How many publicity officers, press relations officers, and the like, are employed by this Government?

2.   What are the names of such officers and to what Minister, member of Parliament, or department is each such officer attached?

3.   What salary does each such officer receive ?

The following information has been collated from advicereceivedfrom Commonwealth departments as at the date of the honorable member's questions: -

1.   Sixteen employed full-time; two employed part-time. 2 and 3-


A publicity officer is employed by the War Loans and War Savings Certificates Organization, which is under the control of the Department of the Treasury. Name of officer -

J.   G. Bridges; salary - £676 per annum.

The following Public Relations Officers are attached to the Royal Australian Air Force: -


Until recently the Directorate of Public Relations, to which are attached all these officers, produced a weekly twelve-page newspaper, Air Force News, for the Royal Australian Air Force.

In addition the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives is provided with the services of a Press Relations Officer. Name of officer - M. Byrne; salary - £750 per annum.

It has been assumed that the questiondoes not relate to journalists or broadcasters employed in the collation and dissemination of news in fulfilment of the functions of the Department of Information.

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