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Friday, 25 September 1970

Mr Daly asked the Minister for Immi gration, upon notice: (1)Whatwasthe total cost for the year 1969- 70 of maintaining each overseas office of his Department.

(2)   What is the estimated cost fur the vear

1970- 71.

(3)   What is the total number of stall in each office.

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

(I)   and (2) Table 12, page 52 in the Budget document Estimates of Receipts and Summary of Estimated Expenditure for year ending 30th June 1971, provides the expenditure recorded against appropriations under the control of the Department of Immigration for 1969-70 and the estimated requirements for 1970-71.

The amount shown in respect of United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and United States of America represents salaries for Australia-based personnel only. The locally engaged staff in United Kingdom is provided under the High Commissioner Act; in the other three countries it is provided by the Department of External Affairs.

It should be noted also that:

(a)   The amounts shown in Table 12 represent the expenditure by the Department of Immigration under Division 332 for maintaining its various overseas offices. Additional costs for immigration purposes are incurred under appropriations controlled by other departments. Thus where office facilities are shared with the Department of External Affairs, it is normal for that Department to meet such costs as office rent and maintenance, transport, postage and telephones, etc.

In the United Kingdom the votes of the Prime Minister's Department bear the expenditure for office rent and maintenance and general administrative expenses.

(b)   In some countries, migrant services are provided by the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration. The cost of these services is not included in expenditure under the various migration offices. I.C.E.M. is compensated by payments under Division 330/4/04.

(3)   The functional summary on page 104 of the abovementioned Budget document provides the information sought as to the staff on the establishment of the Department of Immigration in its overseas offices.

National Service: Agricultural Science Graduates (Question No. 1709)

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for the

Army upon notice:

Can steps be taken to enable agricultural science graduates selected for national service to be given the opportunity to use their particular acquired skills while serving in the Army as is done in the case of graduates in dentistry and medicine.

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

There are no Army activities which specifically require a knowledge of agricultural science and it is unlikely that a member with this particular civilian qualification could be employed in an area related directly to his talents.

The Army endeavours to utilise to the full the skills and qualifications of national servicemen. It is not to be expected however that the Army requirements for particular skills will necessarily match the normal community distribution of these skills as represented in the national service call up.

Accordingly, when the number of national servicemen holding these qualifications is in excess of the number required for military purposes, members not allocated to those employments are given training in other military fields where a need for their service does exist.

The Government is aware that the careers of national servicemen may be disrupted by the two year obligation and has provided a range of reestablishment benefits designed to offset some of the disadvantage occasioned by their call up. These include post-discharge vocational training on a full or part-time basis, where it is necessary or desirable for their resettlement

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