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Thursday, 12 April 1973
Page: 1464

Mr Garland asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Will he provide a comparison of (a) the number of categories, (b) qualifications and (c) cost of salaries and allowances of his personal staff with that of his predecessor, Mr McMahon.

(2)   By how many, in what categories, and at what cost have additional positions been created in his Department since 5th December 1972.

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

(1)   Unlike Mr McMahon, I hold the portfolio of Foreign Affairs as well as Prime Minister. As there is no clear division of my own staff between the 2 portfolios, the table below includes, for comparative purposes, the staff appointed by Mr Bowen as Minister for Foreign Affairs.


The compilation of a full list of all qualifications of all members of staff would take much time. I could readily provide the honourable member with any relevant specific details in regard to members of my own staff. I would prefer that he himself approach my predecessor in relation to his staff.

(2)   Apart from positions transferred from the Department of the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, 23 positions have been created in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet since Sth December 1972. Of this total, 12 are in the Third Division and represent an annual estimated salary cost of $97,000 and 11 are in the Fourth Division, representing $39,000. Action to create 6 of these positions (4 Third Division, 2 Fourth Division at an estimated annual salary cost of $45,000) was initiated in the time of the previous Government.

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