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Tuesday, 14 March 1961


Mr Ward d asked the Attorney-General, upon notice -

1.   How many bankruptcy orders were issued in Australia in the last financial year showing separately the number in each State?

2.   How many bankruptcies have occurred in each month in the current financial year?


Sir Garfield Barwick - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Sequestration orders issued in Australia in the financial year 1959-60 - New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, 813; Victoria, 395; Queensland, 211; South Australia and Northern Territory, 320; Western Australia, 119; Tasmania, 91.

2.   Sequestration orders issued in each month in the current financial year -

Territories of the Commonwealth.


Mr Daly y asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice -

1.   What are the (a) names, (b) dates of appointment and (c) periods of appointment of the Administrators of Nauru, the Cocos Islands, the Northern Territory, Christmas Island, Norfolk Island, and the Territory of Papua and New Guinea?

2.   What salary and allowances are paid to each of these Administrators?


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

The name, date of appointment, period of appointment and the salary and allowances of the senior government officials in the Territories mentioned are detailed hereunder. In the case of Cocos Islands and Christmas Island the senior government official is an " Official Representative " and not an " Administrator " as in the other Territories.

Northern Territory. 1. (a) James Clarence Archer, O.B.E., Administrator. (b) 1st July, 1956. (c) During the pleasure of the Governor-General.

2.   Salary, £4,725 per annum. Entertainment allowance, £1,000 per annum.

Norfolk Island. 1. (a) Reginald Sylvester Leyden, O.B.E., Administrator. (b) 1st May, 1958. (c) During the pleasure of the Governor-General.

2.   Salary, £2,750 per annum. Entertainment allowance, £300 per annum.

Papua and New Guinea. 1. (a) Donald MacKinnon Cleland, C.B.E., O.St.J., Administrator. (b) 23rd January, 1953. (c) During the pleasure of the Governor-General.

2.   Salary, £4,725 per annum. Entertainment allowance, £800 per annum.

Nauru. 1. (a) John Preston White, Administrator.

(b)   1st May, 1958. (c) During the pleasure of the Governor-General.

2.   Salary, £3,275 per annum. Entertainment allowance, £300 per annum.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands. 1. (a) Charles Ivens Buffett, M.B.E., Acting Official Representative. (b) 27th July, 1960.

(c)   During the period of the vacancy in the office of Official Representative.

2.   Salary, £2,700 per annum. Entertainment allowance, £300 per annum.

Christmas Island. 1. (a) John William Stokes, Official Representative. (b) 1st September, 1960. (c) During the pleasure of the Minister of State for Territories.

2.   Salary, £2,750 per annum. Entertainment allowance, £300 per annum.

In all Territories a fully furnished residence including light, power and water is provided free of cost, together with domestic staff. A travelling allowance is payable when an Administrator or Official Representative is required to travel in connexion with his duties.







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