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Tuesday, 2 June 1970


Mr Daly asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

In the. case of a magistrate in the Australian Capital Territory who resigns from his position to stand as a candidate in a by-election for the House of Representatives, is he, if unsuccessful, entitled to be re-appointed in accordance with section 47c of the Public Service Act.


Mr Gorton - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Public Service Board has informed me that where a magistrate in the Australian Capital Territory holding an appointment under the Public Service Act 1922-1968 resigns that appointment to contest a by-election for the House of Representatives, the provisions of section 47c of the Public Service Act are applicable.

Commonwealth Games: Contribution by Commonwealth Government (Question No. 1081)


Mr Daly asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Commonwealth Government contributed an amount of $16,000 towards the cost of sending the Australian team to the Commonwealth Games to be held in Edinburgh this year.

(2)   Did the Commonwealth contribute a similar amount in 19S8 and 1966.

(3)   If so, in view of the increased costs for travel, etc., that have taken place since 1958, will he give consideration to a substantial increase in this amount; if not, why not.


Mr Gorton - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   In the course of my letter of 14th April 1970 to the Chairman of the Australian British Commonwealth Games Association, I explained that the basis of our long established support for Australian participation in both the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games is that the Commonwealth should not be expected to make a grant to meet a major portion of the costs, but to aim only at arousing the interest of the public and other possible subscribers. Against this background, each request for assistance associated with Australian participation in the Games is dealt with on its merits, having regard to anticipated expenditure, the level of previous grants and the essential responsibilities of both the organisations concerned and the public to raise the funds required.

In the light of the information provided by the Association on this occasion, and in previous years in relation to the Games held in Cardiff in 1958 and Jamaica in 1966, we estimated that the amount the Association needed to raise to send the Austraiian team to Edinburgh would be substantially the same as in 1958 and 1966.

With all of these considerations in mind, I thought it would be appropriate for the Commonwealth to again provide an amount of $16,000 towards Australia's participation in this year's Games. I have, however, received a further letter from the Association which is currently being considered.







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