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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1697

Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Do the provisions of the Commonwealth Employees Furlough Act operate to reduce the furlough entitlement of Commonwealth employees either on resignation, retirement or in the event of the death of an employee, in circumstances where the employee has been convicted in a court of law for a minor civil offence.

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

Section 10 of the Commonwealth Employees Furlough Act provides that 'The official conduct record of the Commonwealth employee shall be taken into consideration in determining whether the whole or any portion of the leave of absence or pay provided in this Act may be granted.' Reduction of furlough entitlement in relation to misconduct is therefore at the discretion of the approving authority and each case is determined on its merits.

Parliament House (Question No. 3970)

Mr Hansen (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   When did the Government approve the extensions to Parliament House which are currently proceeding.

(2)   Were the extensions on either side of the front of Parliament House and above the Chambers recommended by the National Capital Development Commission.

(3)   If so, were recommendations and projections also made by the Commission in respect of the-

(a)   future of the present Parliament House;

(b)   siting of the new Parliament House;

(c)   findings of the Committee appointed by Parliament to investigate the new Parliament House; and

(d)   decisions of both Houses of Parliament on the site.

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

(1)   Government approval to the extensions was given in September 1970.

(2)   The provision of extensions to the House was recommended by the Minister for the Interior following representations by the Presiding Officers and investigations by the National Capital Development Commission.

(3)   In the investigations mentioned above, it was assumed that whatever decision may be taken regarding the building of a new Parliament House, there would be no additional space available from a new building for at least 8 years. The design of the extensions was then established on the basis of providing a minimal reasonable solution to the expected requirements of the Parliament over the ensuing 8 years. The matters mentioned as parts (b), (c) and (d) of Question (3) were not included in the investigations of the short term requirements of the existing Parliament House.

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