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Tuesday, 9 June 1970

Mr Barnard asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   What provision has been made for reconnaissance aircraft and search and rescue aircraft in the Malaysia-Singapore region after completion of the British withdrawal.

(2)   What additional support and communication facilities will be needed in the Malaysia-Singapore region aftercompletion of the British withdrawal.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Requirements for reconnaissance and search and rescue in the Malaysia/Singapore area after the British withdrawal and the division of responsibility for these tasks are amongst matters currently under consideration by staffs of the four nations concerned. At present no need is seen for specialist long-range reconnaissance aircraft to be stationed permanently in the area. Other aircraft stationed permanently have some capacity for reconnaissance and this can be supplemented by visits of specialist aircraft.

(2)   Overall, there will be no requirement for additional support and communication facilities in the Malaysia/Singapore region following the British withdrawal. Some withdrawn British facilities will need to be replaced. Replacements will be mainly of manpower, as all four countries with forces in the area will use relinquished British support and communication facilities to the maximum extent practicable.

Postal Department (QuestionNo. 1128)

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   Has an Industrial Relations Section been established within the Central Office of his Department at Post Office Headquarters, Melbourne.

(2)   If so, (a) when was the section established, (b) how many officers are employed and what are their designations, (c) what is the annual cost involved in maintaining the section, (d) is it proposed to add to the staff employed in the section, (e) to what extent are the officersinvolved in security activities and (f) have relations improved with the Post Office unions since the establishment of this industrial Relations Section.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The new Division was formally established from 8th October 1969. It consists of 42positions comprising 24 positions transferredwitht heir occupants from the Management Serv ices Division, which was formerly responsible for industrial work, together with 18 new positions.

(b)   Atotal of 36 staff is at present employed. The remaining 6 positions are in process ofbeing filled. Designations within the complete establishment are as indicated hereunder:


(c)   The approximate cost involved in maintaining the Industrial Relations Division from its establishment to 30th June 1970 will be $210,000 or about $280,000 per annum.

(d)   The only further requirement which can be foreseen at this stage is for an additional position of Principal Technical Officer, Grade1.

(c)   Not at all.

(f)   Yes.

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