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Friday, 5 June 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   What are the names and positions. .of the persons who lodged appeals against the promotion of Mr R. R. Bryant to a'n assistant secretaryship in the Department of Social Development and Home Affairs in the Public Service of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea.

(2)   What findings did the promotion appeals committee make.

(3)   Has the Public Service Board acted in accordance with the findings; if not why not.

Mr Barnes (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for External Territories) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) The names and positions of appellants and their respective grounds of appeal against a provisional promotion are notified by the Public Service Board to the officer who was provisionally promoted and to the various appellants. It is not practice for the Board to give any other publicity to the names and positions of appellants.

Reports of the Promotions Appeal Committee to the Public Service Board are 'not public documents nor is information made public about the Board's action or the reasons for the Board's actions in connection with any particular report

The particulars sought in the question are not known to me or the Department of External Territories. I do not seek such information or intervene in any way in the Board's discharge of its statutory responsibilities relating to provisional promotions or the settlement of appeals against provisional promotions.

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