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Thursday, 8 December 1960


Mr Cairns s asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Can he say whether Mr. Albert Date, formerly a member of the Tariff Board, was on the 21st November, 1958, offered a position on the staff of the United Nations at a salary of 10,000 dollars per annum?

2.   Was Mr. Date informed on 7th January, 1959, that his candidature for this position was not acceptable?

3.   Was Mr. Date also informed on 13th January, 1959, that there was a possibility that his disagreement with the Tariff Board may have brought about this changed decision?

4.   Will he inquire into the circumstances surrounding the acceptance and rejection of Mr. Date's candidature for this United Nations' post, and in particular, as to whether any official or unofficial intervention by anyone connected with an Australian Government department took place in this matter?


Mr Menzies - The answer to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1, 2 and 3. Negotiations, and details thereof, concerning positions in the United Nations Secretariat are substantially matters between the organization and the persons seeking employment in the secretariat. I understand, however, that on 1st November, 1958, our mission to the United Nations in New York was informed that Mr. Albert Date was a candidate for a post of eighteen months' duration in Central America under the expanded technical assistance programme of the United Nations.

4.   It is not our practice to offer formal government recommendations on United Nations technical assistance recruits in Australia. In Mr. Date's case our mission was introduced to advise the United Nations Secretariat that the Government raised on objections to Mr. Date's candidature.







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