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Thursday, 23 August 1973
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Mr Fox (HENTY, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Will he list all committees and commissions of inquiry, with their terms of reference, which have been established since his Government took office.

(2)   What are the classifications and salaries of the public servants who staff each committee and commission.

(3)   Are all the public servants listed employed fulltime on the inquiry. If not, what are the details.

(4)   Will he seek similar information from the Presiding Officers in respect of parliamentary committees.


Mr Whitlam - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: 1 have had a survey made and the following information has been provided for me in respect of parts (.1), (2) and (3) of the honourable member's question, as at 20 July 1973. It should be noted that Committees comprising only government officials (including those involving participation by State and local government officials) are excluded. To have included such information would have involved additional time and expense that I am reluctant to authorise, as was the former Prime Minister in relation to similar questions involving the assembly of detailed answers.

The salary ranges shown do not include increases resulting from the recent National Wage decision.

Aboriginal Languages in Schools Advisory Group on Teaching

(1)   The group's task was to examine the nature and extent of resources available and in the light of its findings to make recommendations for the implementation and development of a program involving teaching in Aboriginal languages and the incorporation in the school curriculum of further elements of traditional Aboriginal arts, crafts and skills.

(2)   Clerk, Class 11 ($12,120-12,551), Teacher, Grade 5($11,200-12,000).

(3)   No. The advisory group was engaged full-time in its work for the threeweeks period of its investigations in January and February, 1973.

Aboriginal Land Rights Commission

(1)   The terms of reference are: The appropriate means to recognise and establish the traditional rights and interests of the Aborigines in and in relation to land, and to satisfy in other ways the reasonable aspirations of the Aborigines to rights in or in relation to land, and, in particular, but without in any way derogating from the generality of the foregoing-

(a)   arrangements for vesting title to land in the Northern Territory of Australia now reserved for the use and benefit of the Aboriginal inhabitants of that Territory, including rights in minerals and timber, in an appropriate body or bodies and for granting rights in or in relation to that land to the Aboriginal groups or communities concerned with that land;

(b)   the desirability of establishing suitable procedures for the examination of claims to Aboriginal traditional rights and interests in or in relation to land in areas in the Northern Territory of Australia outside Aboriginal reserves or of establishing alternative ways of meeting effectively the needs for land of Aboriginal groups or communities living outside these reserves;

c)   the effect of already existing commitments, whether in the nature of Crown leases, Government contracts, mining rights or otherwise, on the attainment of the objects of recognising and establishing Aboriginal traditional rights and interests in or in relation to land;

(d)   the changes in legislation required to give effect to the recommendations arising from (a), (b) and(c) above; and

(e)   such other matters relating to rights and interests of the Aborigines in or in relation to land as may be referred to the Aboriginal Land Rights Commission by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

(2)   and (3) The Aboriginal Land Rights Commission has no public servants on its staff.

A.C.T. Education AuthorityAssessment Panel

(1)   The terms of reference were:

(a)   To analyse reactions to, and submissions about, the Departmental discussion paper.

In particular the panel should consider:

The form and membership of the education authority.

The relations between the authority and professional and community groups.

The position of individual schools in the system and their relationship with the authority.

(b)   To report to the Minister for Education by the end of May on the most suitable form of education authority for the A.C.T. with regard to the submissions received.

(2)   and (3) No positions have been created but one Second Division Level 1 officer $14,479 and one Steno-secretary, Grade 1 $4325-4625 were seconded full-time, for the purpose and duration of the inquiry.

Aircraft Industry Working Group

(1)   The terms of reference are: To report on and recommend a proposed structure of a rationalised aircraft industry.

(2)   and (3) Three Second Division Officers one Level 5 $22012; one Level 4 $18995; and one Level 2, $15,983 are occupied part-time on the study.

The Australian Post Office Commission of Inquiry

(1)   The terms of reference are: In the public interest, what changes, if any, should be made in the organisation, administration and operations of postal and telecommunications services (including overseas services) provided in Australia, including, inter alia, changes in relation to:

The range of services to the public and their adequacy to meet present and future needs, including services as affected by proposals approved but not yet implemented;

The financing of recurrent and capital costs;

Management staff relations, including the jurisdiction of the Public Service Board;

Responsibilities of the Overseas Telecommunications Commission and the division of functions between that Commission and the PostmasterGeneral's Department;

Urban and regional development;

Procurement of supplies with the aim of developing Australian industries;

The performance of work by contract; and Other matters to which the attention of the

Commission is particularly directed by the PostmasterGeneral in the course of the inquiry.

(2)   One position, Second Division, Level 3 $17,489; one position, Clerk, Class 11 ($12,120-12,551); one position? Clerk, Class 8 ($9,529-9,961); one position, Clerk Class 6 ($7,651-8,230); one position, Stenosecretary, Grade 2($5,170-5,570); two positions, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625); one position, Clerical Assistant, Grade 4 ($4,516-4,764); one position, Typist, Grade 1 ($1,688-3,675).

(3)   Yes.

Australian Pre-schools Committee

(1)   The terms of reference are: (a) Pending its establishment under the statute as the Australian Pre-. Schools Commission the Australian Pre-Schools Committee will examine and make recommendations to the Minister for Education as to the measures which the Australian Government should adopt to ensure that in the States, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory:

(i)   the objective is achieved over a period of approximately six years that all children are given an opportunity to undertake a year of pre-school education.

(ii)   child care centres for children below school age are established to meet the needs of children of working parents and underprivileged families.

(b)   In carrying out its task the Committee will:

(i)   give priority to the establishment of facilities in localities where the need is greatest;

(ii)   take the initiative in stimulating authorities and voluntary bodies to establish and operate pre-school and child care facilities and supervisory services at standards acceptable to the Australian Government;

(iii)   have regard to current developments and standards within each State and Territory in the provision of these facilities;

(iv)   bear in mind the intention that the level of provision of pre-school education throughout Australia should be comparable to that now applying in the Australian Capital Territory.

(v)   develop proposals for integrating arrangements under the Child Care Act 1972 into the total program;

(vi)   review relations with the Australian Pre-School Association and its affiliated organisations including the Lady Gowrie Centres.

(c)   In order that adequate numbers of professionally qualified staff will be available for preschools and child care centres, the Committee will seek the co-operation of the Australian and State Government authorities and institutions responsible for teacher education and for the training of other appropriate professional staff.

(d)   The measures to be recommended by the Committee are to include:

(i)   grants to the States in respect of facilities and services provided by the States, local government authorities and voluntary non-profit making bodies;

(ii)   funds for facilities and services provided by government institutions and voluntary nonprofit making bodies in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory;

(iii)   arrangements for research and investigation into the physical, psychological and social development of pre-school aged children together with evaluation of programs for preschool education and for child care of children below school age.

(iv)   the conditions under which Australian Government funds are to be made available.

(e)   From 1 January 1974 the Australian Government will accept the major financial responsibility for the establishment and operation of approved preschool centres and child care centres. The Australian Government's contribution will be on the following basis:

(i)   the cost of approved capital facilities including purchase of land, when appropriate to be provided in order of priority of need:

(ii)   recurrent expenditure on pre-school education for children of appropriate age in pre-school centres and child care centres established under the program, with the Committee being able to recommend contributions in whole or in part towards the recurrent expenditure of existing centres.

Other recurrent expenditure on approved child care centres, subject to payment of fees at a reasonable level taking account of parents' capacity to pay; and

A contribution towards the cost of approved supervisory services provided by the States, local government authorities and voluntary non-profit making bodies to develop the program.

(f)   Where there are special pressing circumstances, the Committee may recommend grants or other financial contributions from the Australian Government in advance of 1 January 1974.

(g)   The Committee will report annually and the Minister will promptly make these and other reports public.

(2)   One position, Clerk Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); one position, Clerk Class 8($9,529-9,961); one position, Clerk Class 6 ($7,651-8,230); one position, Clerical Assistant Grade 3 ($4,020-4,392).

(3)   The only position filled at present is that of Principal Executive Officer, Clerk Class10.

Australian Schools Commission - Interim Committee

(I)   (a) Pending the establishment under statute of the Australian Schools Commission which will make continuing arrangements, the Interim Committee will:

(i)   examine the position of both government and non-government primary and secondary schools in all States and in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory;

(ii)   make recommendations to the Minister for Education as to the immediate financial needs of schools, priorities within those needs, and appropriate measures to assist in meeting those needs, including:

Grants from the Australian Government to the States in respect of both government and non-government schools;

Funds for government schools and grants to non-government schools in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

The conditions under which those grants are to be made available.

(b)   In carrying out its task the Interim Committee will:

(i)   work towards establishing acceptable standards for those schools, government and nongovernment alike, which fall short of those standards;

(ii)   take into account:

Where necessary, both the expansion of existing schools and the establishment of new ones;

The particular needs of schools for the handicapped, whether mental, physical or social, and of isolated children;

The diversity of curricula to meet differing aptitudes and interests of students;

Plans for development of particular areas.

(iii)   promote the economic use of resources;

(iv)   consult with the States and representatives of non-government schools and with appropriate authorities in the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory.

(c)   The grants recommended by the Interim Committee will be:

(i)   for the period 1 January 1974 to 31 December 1975;

(ii)   in addition to existing Australian Government commitments;

(iii)   directed towards increased expenditure on schools and not in substitution for continuing efforts by the States and non-government school authorities.

(d)   The reports of the Interim Committee will be made public promptly by the Minister.

(2)   One position, Second Division, Level 1 $14,479; one position, Clerk Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); one position, Clerk Class 6 ($7,651-8,230); one position, Clerk Class 4 ($5,923-6,571); one position, Clerical Assistant Grade 3 ($4,020-4,392); two positions, Steno-secretary Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625); one position, Typist Grade 1 ($1,688-3,675).

(3)   Yes.

Citizen Military Forces Committee of Inquiry

(1)   The terms of reference are:

(a)   To report on the role of Citizen Military Forces as part of the Australian Army in the strategic circumstances of the 1970's and the 1980's.

(b)   To report on the military capabilities and specialist support which could be efficiently and economically provided to the Australian Regular Army by Citizen Military Forces as at present constituted.

(c)   To report on the circumstances in which Citizen Military Forces may 'be called on to serve in the future, the roles they might be given in such circumstances and how these roles would be shared with other Service or civilian organisations.

(d)   To report on the geographical location of citizen forces and the cost effectiveness of maintaining the C.M.F. in sparsely populated regions.

(e)   Having regard to the above, the Committee is required to estimate what conditions of service, forms of training, structure and discipline would increase the willingness of young men and women to participate voluntarily and effectively in C.M.F. activities, and the extent of that increase.

(f)   In the light of the foregoing to review:

(i)   the present support including equipment given to the Citizen Military Forces by the Australian Regular Army and to recommend any changes;

(ii)   the present co-operation and contributions required of employers and to recommend any changes;

(iii)   the present form of training undertaken by the Citizen Military Forces and any variations that should be made;

(iv)   whether the present title of 'Citizen Military Forces' is appropriate in the light of the Committee's findings;

(v)   the C.M.F. organisational structure intended under the Army's reorganisation, in order to define where the former may be inconsistent with the recommendations being made by the Committee;

(vi)   parallel with (v), the structure (including rank structure) appropriate to the envisaged roles and strength of the C.M.F.;

(vii)   any other measures considered to contribute to the efficiency and attraction of the C.M.F. to potential recruits together with measures aimed at retaining serving members.

(2)   and (3) No public servants staff the Committee.

Committee on National Uniform Safety Code for Australian Government Employment

(1)   Terms of reference are: To devise a uniform mandatory occupational safety code for application in Australian Government Departments and instrumentalities.

(2)   and (3) The Committee is serviced by the Department of Labour. No new positions were created.

The Computerisation of Criminal Data Committee

(1)   The terms of reference are: To report to the AttorneyGeneral not later than 1 August 1793 on the logistics and finance necessary for the computerisation of data required for the integration of all Commonwealth agencies responsible for investigation and enforcement of Commonwealth law.

(2)   and (3) The Committee has no full-time public service staff. It is serviced by the ADP Section, AttorneyGeneral's Department, as required.

The officers concerned accommodate the work associated with the Committee as part of their normal duties.

The Computerisation of Legal Data Committee

(1)   The terms of reference are: To report to the AttorneyGeneral not later than 1 December 1973 on the logistics, time scale and finance necessary for the computerisation of legal data, especially in relation to Commonwealth statutelaw.

(2)   and (3) The Committee has no full-time public service staff. It is serviced by the ADP Section, AttorneyGeneral's Department, as required.

The officers concerned accommodate the work associated with the Committee as part of their normal duties.

Education for Community Recreation Workers

(1)   The terms of reference are:

(a)   The kinds of educational courses which should be established for personnel to staff full-time salaried positions in the community recreation field.

(b)   The desirable education goals, content, broad principles for curriculum development in each of these kinds of education.

(c)   The desirable inter-relationships between these kinds of education and education in other disciplines or related fields.

(d)   Any other related matters including issues relative to student recruitment and continuing education.

(2)   and (3) There are no public servants staffing the Committee.

Employment Service Statistics

Advisory Committee on Australian Government Employment Service Statistics

(1)   The terms of reference are: Having regard to the high importance which the Government attaches to the maintenance of full employment, equality of employment opportunity for all sections of the work force, the co-ordination of employment policies with other economic policies and the development of an informed manpower policy, and bearing in mind the basic role of the Commonwealth Employment Service and the costs involved in the collection of statistics, the Advisory Committee should examine the CES statistics collected by the Department of Labour with a viewto assessing their usefulness as indicators of:

The trend in labour demand and economic activity;

The overall level of unused labour resources in the economy;

The distribution of current demand and supply of labour by occupation, industry, geographical area, etc.

With this in mind the Committee should consider and make recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Labour relating to such matters as:

(i)   the definition and classification of the unemployed and vacancies registered, including comparability with statistics published by the Bureau of Census and Statistics;

(ii)   the coverage of the key CES statistics in aggregate and sectoral terms;

(iii)   the procedures for collection, tabulation and presentation of the figures;

(iv)   the method of seasonal adjustment:

(v)   the CES statistics as an indicator of economic activity;

(vi)   the desirability of collecting and publishing additional statistics;

(vii)   the desirability of publishing some statistics already being collected, in particular mid month statistics; and

(viii)   any other matters which the Committee considers relevant to its inquiry and advice.

(2)   and (3) There are no public servants staffing the Committee.

Health Insurance Planning Committee

(1)   The Committee was established on 22 December 1972 by the Minister for Social Security to prepare detailed recommendations on the timing and method of implementing the Government's Health Insurance program and on other questions such as the position of existing health insurance funds'. The Committee's report was tabled in Parliament by the Minister for Social Security on 2 May 1973 and has been open for public comment and discussion.

(2)   Two positions, Clerk Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); two positions, Clerk Class 9 ($10,393-10,824); one position, Clerk Class 8 ($9,529-9,961); one position, Clerk Class 7 ($8,518-9,097); three positions, Stenosecretary Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625); one position, Stenographer ($3,805-4,065); one position, Typist ($1,688- 3,675); one position, Clerical Assistant Grade 2 ($3,650-3,896).

(3)   Yes.

Homeless Men and Women - Working Party

(1)   Although there were no formal terms of reference for this Committee, the Minister for Social Security established it to prepare recommendations for Government action designed to assist homeless persons and also to increase public awareness and consideration for these people.

Other areas examined by the Working Party included the specific employment problems and accommodation needs of unattached and itinerant persons, health and disablement, heavy drinking, law enforcement and imprisonment, social security benefits, recreation facilities and counselling services.

In addition to the above the Minister when establishing the Working Party expressed the expectation that the work of the Committee would help to inform the general community about the problems of this group in society. The Working Party's report has been released.

(2)   and (3) No positions were formally provided to service this Working Party. However, secretarial assistance and assistance with arrangements for meetings were provided by the Department. This has involved the part-time services of: one Social Worker, Class 4 ($9,054-9,404); one Clerk, Class 4 ($5923- 6,571); one Clerk, Class 2/3 ($4,955-5,708); one Graduate Clerk ($4,850).

Industries Assistance Commission- Inquiry Re Formation of

(1)   The terms of reference were: . . how ... the Commission should operate including advice on such matters as its functions, structure, membership and procedures.'

The Committee reported on 19 June 1973.

(2)   One position, Second Division, Level 3 $17,489; one position, Second Division, Level 1 $14,479; one position, Clerk, Class 5 ($6,787-7,434); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625).

(3)   Yes, except for the Level 1 officer who was employed on the inquiry for approximately two-thirds of his time.

Lake Pedder Inquiry

(1)   The terms of reference are:

(a)   To inquire into the history and circumstances surrounding the flooding of Lake Pedder and in particular to consider:

Whether there was at any stage insufficient or inadequate investigation of factors relevant to the decision to flood the Lake;

The legal or administrative procedures leading to the making of such decision.

In making such investigation the Committee will concern itself with the facts and matters of principle and will not attempt to attribute fault or blame should any deficiencies in investigational or administrative procedures become apparent.

(b)   To suggest what action, if any, might be taken to alleviate, or compensate for, any adverse consequence which may be considered to have arisen from the flooding of Lake Pedder.

(c)   To state what lessons, if any, may be learned from a study of the above matters, with particular reference to the Australian Government's future role in relation to development projects in the States and Territories.

(d)   To recommend, with regard to development projects which may have significant adverse effects on the environment, such changes and improvements in investigational, legal and administrative procedures as may be considered necessary or desirable to prevent or minimise the likelihood of such effects.

In pursuing its inquiries and making its recommendations, the Committee is authorised and requested to seek information and assistance from such Governmental, statutory or private bodies and such persons or organisations, and to make such interim and final reports, as it sees fit, on any aspect of the various matters falling within the scope of the Inquiry. The Committee has been asked to prepare its final report before 31 July 1973.

(2)   One position, Project Officer, Class 8 ($9,529- 9,961); one position, Clerk, Class 6 ($7,651-8,230).

(3)   No. Both officers have been employed on a part-time basis to provide the secretariat to the Inquiry.

Medical Fees Tribunal

(1)   The terms of reference are: To determine, for the purpose of the fixing of medical benefits and after such inquiry as is necessary -

(a)   fair and reasonable fees for professional attendances by general practitioners, being professional attendances that are included in Items 5 and 6 of the First Schedule to the National Health Act 1953-1973, as inserted in that Schedule by Statutory Rules 1972, No. 99, on the basis of such classification of those professional attendances as the Tribunal finds to be appropriate; and

(b)   a reasonable method of calculating fair and reasonable fees for medical services other than attendances referred to in paragraph (a).

In making its determinations the Tribunal is to have regard, in particular, to the following:

(a)   changes that have occurred in the gross and net incomes of medical practitioners since 30 June 1969 as compared with changes that have occurred in the incomes of other groups in the community since that date;

(b)   changes affecting the community generally that have taken place since 30 June 1969 as appearing from official statistics, in particular statistics relating to earnings and prices;

(c)   changes in the fees adopted as the basis of fixing medical benefits under the National Health Act for the purposes of alterations of those benefits that have been made since 1 July 1970;

(d)   the intention of the Australian Government to introduce from 1 July 1974, a new medical benefits scheme based on the principle of universal eligibility; and

(e)   the intention of the Australian Government that the fees adopted as the basis of fixing medical benefits after receipt of the determinations will not be generally varied before 30 June 1975.

(2)   One position, Second Division, Level 1 $14,479; one position, Senior Project Officer, Class 9 ($10,393- 10,824); one position, Clerical Assistant, Grade 2 ($3,650-3,896); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625).

(3)   Yes.

National Commission on Social Welfare

(1)   The Commission will report directly, and be answerable, to the Minister for Social Security and its reports will be published and tabled in Parliament. The Commission will be served by a Secretariat under a senior administrative officer and have access to the technical, research, administrative and library resources of the Department of Social Security.

The Commission has the right to confer with, and accept submissions from, people and organisations, private and public (including Governments).

The functions of the Commission are to:

(a)   identify, report and recommend on community needs in the development of social welfare programs;

(b)   make recommendations, consistent withthe development of a nationally integrated social welfare plan, in which:

(i)   priorities are set;

(ii)   programs are developed on a regional basis and, wherever practicable, their administration is localised;

(iii)   provision is made for user representation in the administration of programs;

(iv)   Commonwealth, State, Local Government and Voluntary Agencies are encouraged to co-ordinate their activities;

(v)   planning is periodically adjusted as required in the light of changing community circumstances, attitudes and the capacity of the economy to sustain the development of programs; and

(vi)   it will identify and make recommendations to avoid duplication between authorities so as to maximise efficiency and effectiveness of the total community welfare effort.

(c)   Estimate the likely cost of new programs and the priority to be afforded their implementation.

National Estate Task Force

(1)   The terms of reference are:

(a)   the nature and state of The National Estate;

(b)   the measures presently being adopted;

(c)   the measures which should be adopted;

(d)   the role which the Australian Government could play in the preservation and enhancement of The National Estate; and

(e)   the manner in which the National Trusts of Australia and other appropriate conservation groups could be supported by public funds and the amount required in order that these bodies can immediately increase their effectiveness in arguing and working for the preservation and enhancement of The National Estate.

(2)   The following positions were recently approved by the Public Service Board: One position, Second Division, Level 1, $14,479; one position, Clerk, Class 9 ($10,393-10,824); one position, Clerk, Class 8 ($9,529-9,961); one position, Senior Research Officer, Grade 2 ($8,518-9,097); one position, Clerk, Class 6 ($7,651-8,230); one position, Librarian, Class 1 ($4,716-6,868); one position, Clerk, Class 1 ($2,298- 4,770) one position, Clerical Assistant, Grade 5 ($4,930-5,262); one position, Clerical Assistant, Grade 1 ($1,620-3,568); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 2 ($5,170-5,570); two positions, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625); one position, Typist, Grade 2 ($3,805-4,065).

(3)   The Department of Urban and Regional Development expects to staff most of the positions with full-time public servants, but positions of Typist, etc. may well have to be staffed by part-time temporary employees.

(d)   Regularly re-assess and evaluate in the light of experience the continuing need for established programs.

(e)   Propose measures which would give all relevant bodies Commonwealth, State, Local Authority and Voluntary Agencies access to available information and technical assistance.

(f)   Investigate and report on suitable policies to provide skilled staff to allow the successful development of the Government's social welfare programs to proceed.

(g)   Undertake such other matters related to the development of social welfare programs as may be referred to it from time to time by the Minister for Social Security.

(2)   and (3) A proposal for a number of full-time positions is under consideration. In the meantime the Department has provided on a temporary full-time basis: One Social Worker, Class 4, ($9,054-9,404); one Social Worker, Class 1, ($4601-6894); one Stenosecretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625).

National Committee on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation

(1)   The terms of reference are: To interpret the requirements of national policy, to consider allegations of discrimination in employment referred to it by the State Committees, to promote equality of opportunity in employment, and to advise the Government on the action necessary to ensure full compliance with the policy.

(2)   Approval has been given for the establishment of the following full-time positions: One position, Principal Executive Officer, Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); six positions, Executive Officer, Class 6 ($7,651- 8,230); one position, Research Officer, Class 4 ($5,923-6,571).

(3)   These positions had not been filled as at 20 July.

National Hospital and Health Services Commission

(1)   Overall Responsibility: To study Australian health care needs, and to submit recommendations to the Australian Government on allocations of both capital and operating funds to develop and maintain health care delivery systems for the benefit of all Australians.

The Commission is to be guided in its work by the principle that a high standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every Australian without distinction of race, creed, political belief, or economic or social condition.

Because of the complementary nature of the responsibilities of the Commission and of the Department of Health, and because that Department will implement the recommendations of the Commission that are accepted by the Government the Commission will keep the Department of Health fully informed on its activities. The Department, for its part, will provide expertise and general support for the Commission.

Draft Terms of Reference:

(a)   Undertake, promote and assess quantitative and qualitative studies of needs for health care and for healthrelated welfare services.

(b)   Recommend on allocations by the Australian Government specifically to promote the establishment and maintenance of State health planning agencies for the planning of health, hospital and healthrelated welfare services in accordance with the following principles:

(i)   Planning to be on a regional basis, and to aim at the effective co-ordination of hospital and community services.

(ii)   The establishment of systems of regional organisation of hospital and community health and related welfare services to be encouraged, and high priority to be given to the identification of officially recognised health regions.

(iii)   Regional organisation to be examined not only in its relationship to health and related welfare services, but also in its relationship to the planning of other services and facilities.

(iv)   Unmet needs to be identified, and priorities for meeting them to be recommended.

(v)   The most economical use of existing and planned facilities, services and manpower, consistent with good quality care, to be planned. .

(vi)   Unnecessary duplication and overlap of programs to be reduced.

(vii)   Current health care delivery systems to be evaluated in relation to needs.

(viii)   Liaison and information services to be encouraged to promote the communication of planning progress to the public and to health service organisations.

(c)   Recommend on the priorities and phasing of allocations by the Australian Government for new health care facilities and services and related welfare services, and for modifications and additions to existing facilities and services. Such recommendations to be based on the following principles:

(i)   Allocations to be considered only for facilities and services not operated for profit

(ii)   A local need recognised in the regional plan for the area to be clearly established before a project can qualify for support by the Australian Government.

(iii)   Capital and operating funds for hospitals, health centres and other health and healthrelated welfare facilities to be recommended subject to assurances that:

High quality care is to be provided without non-essential frills (depending on circumstances, such things as gift shops, beauty parlours, news stands, postal services and needlessly selective menus may be considered as nonessential).

The institution is not to provide facilities or services more elaborate than is considered necessary to perform the functions allotted to it in the regional plan.

Review procedures are to be developed to ensure that only those patients are admitted to, or detained in, grant aided or subsidised hospitals whose medical needs cannot be met by available alternatives to hospital care.

Comprehensive and integrated domiciliary care services are to be developed with the aim of ensuring that only those patients are admitted to or detained in nursing homes whose requirements cannot be met by domicilary services provided in their own homes or in residential facilities other than nursing homes.

(d)   Recommend project grants for the development of comprehensive community health services in which ambulatory and domiciliary care provided at health centres and elsewhere is co-ordinated with hospital and other services in designated areas to provide integrated programs for preventing and treating disease and disability. The services should include:

(i)   Programs of information (for example, on smoking, diet, drugs, exercise, recreation, and the environment) to , improve the habits, conditions and environment that precede disease processes.

(ii)   Direct preventive action (for example, immunisation services and vector eradication). {iii) Disease detection to discover incipient or preclinical phases of disease.

(iv)   Information programs to lower individual thresholds of disease perception, and to motivate individuals to seek care once departures from normal health are preceived.

(v)   Specific diagnostic and treatment services for symptomatic disease.

(vi)   Rehabilitation services for those with continuing disease and disability.

(vii)   Provision of help for those with chronic disability who have to adapt to sheltered living or working conditions.

(e)   Recommend on the resources required for the education and training of personnel employed in the hospital, health, and healthrelated welfare services.

(f)   Recommend project grants for the establishment and maintenance of accreditation programs to ensure high standards of care.

(g)   Recommend specific grants for health service evaluations which assess the accessibility, quality, integration and efficiency of health care programs.

(h)   Co-operate with the Department of Social Security in examining and recommending financial incentives for minimising the cost of hospital services at given levels of care, and to minimise the cost of each illness episode treated at a satisfactory level of care.

(i)   Undertake such other functions as the Commission may deem to be pertinent to the objectives stated above.

(j)   Undertake analyses of, and prepare reports on, other matters referred by the Minister for Health.

The Interim Committee's first report 'A Community Health Program for Australia' was tabled in Parliament on 30 May 1973.

(2)   One position, Clerk, Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); one position, Clerk, Class8 ($9,529-9,961); two positions, Clerk, Class 2/3 ($4,955-5,708); one position, Clerical Assistant, Grade 1 ($3,240-3,568); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 2 ($5,170-5,570); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625).

(3)   The position of Clerk, Class 10, the two positions of Clerk, Class 2/3 and the position of Steno-secretary, Grade 2 were filled at 20 July.

National Population Inquiry

(1)   The Inquiry, established under the previous Government was extended on 4 March 1973 to provide for public hearings in all States.

The purpose of the Inquiry is to determine the best possible size, composition and distribution for Australia's population at various stages up to the year 2000.

It lakes into account such factors as:

The situation in countries to which Australia is linked through migration, trade, political affairs or geography.

Contemporary population theories and their economic, social and ecological implications.

The natural growth potential of Australia's population, variations in rates and patterns between different parts of the Commonwealth, and the influence of internal and external migration. This includes the Aboriginal population, both in the total situation, and as a separate sub-study.

The impact of technological advance, together with changes in total population, on the usage of resources and the distribution of Australia's population, and

Factors bearing on the distribution of Australia's population and the desirability, scope for and feasibility of effecting substantial changes in these distribution patterns.

(2)   One position, Clerk, Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); two positions, Project Officer, Class 8 ($9,529-9,961); one position,. Clerk, Class 6 ($7,651j8,230); one position, Clerical Assistant, Grade 3 ($4,020-4,392); one position, Typist, Grade 2 ($3,805-4,065).

(3)   Yes.

National Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme Inquiry

(1)   The terms of reference are: To inquire into and report on the scope and form of, and the manner of instituting and administering, a national rehabilitation and compensation scheme appropriate to Australia and which in principle the Australian Government has decided to establish, for the purpose of rehabilitating and compensating every person who at any time or in any place suffers a personal-injury (including pre-natal injury) and whether the injury be sustained on the road, at work, in the home, in the school or elsewhere or is an industrial disease with particular reference to:

(a)   the circumstances in which an injury should be covered;

(b)   the application of the scheme where death results from the injury;

(c)   the nature and extent of the benefits that should be provided;

(d)   how the scheme should be financed;

(e)   the relationship between benefits under the scheme and other social service benetfis

(f)   whether rights under the scheme should be in substitution for all or any rights now existing;

(g)   the encouragement of precautions against accident;

(h)   the provision of rehabilitation facilities; and

(i)   the manner of administering the scheme.

(2)   One position, Second Division, Level 2 ($15,983); one position, Clerk, Class 11 ($12,120- 12,551); one position, Senior Legal Officer ($10,585- 11,503); one position, Legal Officer ($5,524-9,600); one position, Clerk, Class 6 ($7,651-8,230); three positions, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 $4,325-4,625); two positions, Clerical Assistant, Grade 2 ($3,650-3,896).

(3)   Yes.

National Superannuation Committee of Inquiry

(1)   The terms of reference are:

(a)   To examine and report on:

(i)   overseas and Australian proposals for national superannuation schemes;

(ii)   existing overseas national superannuation schemes;

(iii)   the relevance of the above proposals and schemes to present and future Australian needs; and

(iv)   the financial, economic and social implications of such proposals and schemes in the Australian setting.

(b)   To make recommendations to the Government on a suitable national superannuation scheme.

In fulfilling this task the Committee will have regard to the Government's objective to abolish the means test within the life of the present Parliament for those aged 65 years and over and to increase the basic rate of pension to 25 per cent of average weekly earnings progressively by twice annual increases of at least $1.50 a week.

(c)   The Committee will also include in its examination an investigation of the following matters:

(i)   in addition to covering the contingency of retirement on the grounds of age, whether the scheme should also cover other contingencies such as -

Voluntary early or deferred retirement

Invalidity

Widowed survivor

Mortality grant for surviving spouse

Unemployment

Sickness

(ii)   whether benefits should be flat-rate or earnings-related or a combination of these;

(iii)   whether eligibility for benefits should be linked to the payment of contributions or depend simply on the occurrence of a contingency covered by the scheme;

(iv)   the method of determining and adjusting the levels of benefits in future years;

(v)   the most equitable way of financing the scheme and distributing its cost;

(vi)   the taxation treatment of benefits, and of contributions if they form part of the scheme;

(vii)   the treatment of contributors who emigrate before or after an entitlement to draw benefits;

(viii)   whether, and if so, what provision should be made for 'contracting out' of the scheme;

(ix)   the method of introducing or phasing in the scheme;

(x)   the treatment of entitlements under existing superannuation schemes;

(xi)   the best way in which free-of-means test benefits could be either replaced by or integrated into, the national superannuation scheme.

(2)   One position, Second Division, Level 1 $14,479; one position, Clerk, Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); one position, Clerk, Class 8 ($9,529-9,961); one position, Research Officer, Grade 1 ($5,144-6,571); one position Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625).

(3)   Yes.

Nursing Homes Fees Review - Committees of Inquiry (All States)

(1)   These Committees have been established under section 117 of the National Health Act 1953-1972 which states: 117a. The Minister may establish in each State a committee, called the Nursing Homes Fees Review Committee of Inquiry for the State in which it is established, which shall consist of three persons appointed by the Minister. 117b. A Committee of Inquiry established under the last preceding section shall inquire into and report to the Minister on any matter referred to the Committee by the Minister under sub-section (4.) of section forty AE of this Act.'

(2)   and (3) One position, Clerk, Class 6 ($7,651- 8,230), full time in each State except Tasmania; one position, Clerk, Class 5 ($6,787-7,434), part-time in Tasmania; one position, Clerk, Class 10 ($11,256- 11,688), part-time, Central Office, Canberra; one position, Clerk, Class 6 ($7,651-8,230) full-time, Central Office, Canberra.

Open University Inquiry

(1)   The terms of reference of the Committee, which has been established under section 17 of the Australian Universities Commission Act 1959-1971 are: (a)To inquire into the desirability and means of expanding opportunities in Australia for extra mural degree courses of university standard and to make recommendations to the Australian Universities Commission.

(b)   'The Committee should conduct its inquiry having regard to the aims and methods of the Open University in the United Kingdom and to the position of persons who are unable to meet the normal entry requirements of universities'.

(2)   and (3) No public servants were specially appointed or seconded to . staff the Committee. Officers of the Secretariat to the Australian Universities Commission provide support for all Committees of the Commission and inquiries in which the Commission is involved as part of their normal duties.

Poverty Inquiry

(1)   The Inquiry was established by the previous Government and placed under the control of Professor R. G. Henderson. On 7 March 1973 its scope was expanded by the present Government and four additional Commissioners were appointed each to inquire into a particular facet of poverty.

The terms of reference are to investigate:

(a)   the extent of poverty in Australia, including changes in its level.

(b)   The incidence of poverty in Australia upon special categories of persons or localities.

(c)   Factors which cause poverty in Australia.

(d)   The ways in which Commonwealth and State Governments, Local Government bodies and other bodies and persons currently assist the alleviation of poverty in Australia; the extent and effectiveness of existing measures and services; and differences between and within Stales in the efforts of State Government, Local Government bodies and other bodies and persons to alleviate aspects of poverty in Australia.

(e)   Any desirable changes that would contribute to the reduction of poverty in Australia; and

(f)   Any associated matters relevant to the general objects of the Inquiry.

On 19 July 1973 the Inquiry was broadened so that 'specialist' areas, not previously covered specifically in the terms of reference, might be investigated. The additional terms of reference for Professor Sackville are:

To investigate the effect of the law and the legal system upon the poor and other disadvantaged groups and individuals in the Australian community and, in particular, to examine:

Those areas of substantive law, whether Federal or State, that are of special significance to the poor.

The delivery of legal services to the poor, including the nature and scope of existing legal aid and referral services, whether administered through the legal profession or not, and their effectiveness in meeting the perceived and unperceived needs of the poor; barriers to the effective use of legal aid services and methods of overcoming those barriers; alternative forms of legal advice and assistance, including those offered in connection with non-legal services.

The administration of the system of criminal and civil justice insofar as it affects the poor and other vulnerable groups such as migrants and children appearing in Children's Courts.

The legal rights of recipients of social welfare assistance.

The additional terms of reference for the Reverend Martin are:

To investigate social/medical aspects of poverty, including:

Community services where persons involved in health and social welfare meet to work together for example health/welfare centres, mental health, rehabilitation and family planning services.

Relationship between poverty and major illnesses in the community of a social/medical nature.

The additional terms of reference for Mr Fitzgerald are:

To investigate:

The nature and extent of educational and cultural disadvantage among the poor and the ways in which it leads to poverty in successive generations.

Existing educational and cultural services to ascertain their adequacy in meeting the needs of the poor, and how they might best be improved in order to overcome education and cultural disadvantage.

(2)   Staff have been attached to each Commissioner as and follows:

Professor Henderson - one position, Second Division, Level 1 ($14,479); one position. Chief Statistical Officer, . Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); one position. Social Worker, Class 3 ($8,101-8,704); one position, Social Worker, Class 2 ($7,256-7,859); one position, Clerk, Class 9 ($10,393-10,824); one position, Senior Project Officer Class 8 ($9,529-9,961); two positions, Clerk, Class 7 ($8,518-9,097); one position, Clerk, Class 6 ($7,651-8,230); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625); two positions, Stenographer, Grade 1 ($3,805-4,065).

Professor Gates- One position, Clerk, Class 7 ($8,518-9,097); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625).

Mr FitzgeraldOns position. Clerk, Class 9 ($10,393to10,824); three positions, Clerk, Class 7 ($8,518-9,097); one position, Clerk, Class 4 ($5,923- 6,571); one position, Research Officer, Grade 1 ($5,144-6,571); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625).

Rev. Martin- Two positions, Clerk, Class 7 ($8,518-9,097); two positions, Research Officer, Grade 1 ($5,144-6,571); one position, Clerk, Class 4 ($5,923- 6,571); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625); one position, Typist, Grade 1 ($1,688- 3,675).

Professor Sackville- -One position. Clerk, Class 7 ($8,518-9,097); one position. Senior Research Officer, Grade 1 ($7,651-8,230); one position. Research Officer, Grade 1 ($5,144-6,571); one position, Stenosecretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625).

Recreation in Australia- The Role, Scope and Development of

(1)   The terms of reference are:

(a)   In considering the role to be played by the Australian Government in making adequate provision for recreation in Australia, the paper should evaluate the present situation and comment on the scope for future development.

(b)   In so doing, it should outline the broad areas of concern for which the Australian Government might be responsible within recreation.

(c)   In addition to proposing objectives, it should also suggest actions and initiatives that the Australian Government might take to achieve them.

(2)   and (3) There are no Public Servants staffing the Committee.

Advisory Council on Social Security/Welfare

(1)   The Advisory Council is a representative group of people concerned with social welfare issues who have been brought together by the Minister.

There are no specific terms of reference but when the Minister extended invitations to people to serve on the Council he indicated that its members would be asked to give consideration to several matters of importance to the development of improved social security and social welfare services. He instanced:

The establishment of an appeals and complaints system to which people who feel they have been treated unfairly in the assessment or provision of social security benefit or service entitlements can take their grievances, and

Consider the content and need for recasting Departmental manuals used in connection with the processing of applications for benefits.

Subsequently the Minister asked the Council to consider the effect that maintenance procedures have on payments of social security entitlements.

(2)   and (3) one position of Clerk, Class 7 ($8,818- 9,409) has been provided to service the Committee. The Department had previously been providing parttime secretarial assistance and assistance with arrangements for meetings. These had involved a Clerk. Class 10 ($11,256-11,688), a Clerk, Class 8 ($9,529-9,961) and a Clerk, Class 6 ($7,651-8,230).

Steel Prices: Inquiry into Proposed Increases

(1)   The terms of reference were: To inquire into and to report as soon as practicable whether the steel prices increases proposed by The Broken Hill Pty Co. Ltd and Australian Iron & Steel Pty Ltd are justified in whole or in part, having regard to:

(a)   cost increases incurred by the steel industry sections of the companies that would not, without the proposed Increases, be recouped by the companies in prices;

(b)   the level of profits earned in the steel industry sections of the' companies in relation to the funds employed in those sections; and

(c)   any other matter that might be considered relevant.

(2)   and (3) No public servants were on the staff of the Committee.

Technical and Further Education - Australian Committee

The terms of reference are:

(a)   The Committee will furnish information and advice to the Minister for Education on matters relating to the development of technical and further education in Australia including financial assistance to the States in relation to institutions in the States. That information and advice will include:

(i)   priorities within needs and appropriate measures to be undertaken by the Australian Government;

(ii)   the amount and allocation of financial assistance;

(iii)   the conditions upon which financial assistance should be granted.

(b)   In carrying out its task the Committee will take into account:

(i)   the promotion of the vigorous and well balanced development of technical and further education throughout Australia;

(ii)   overall manpower policy and national and local occupational requirements;

(iii)   the emerging needs of industry, commerce and governments as they adjust to technological, economic and social change;

(iv)   community attitudes and the needs and aspirations of individuals seeking to undertake courses in technical and further education;

(v)   the optimum use of resources.

(c)   For the purpose of the Committee technical and further education is defined as post-school education (other than that conducted by institutions supported through the Australian Universities Commission and the Australian Commission on Advanced Education) conducted by institutions administered or maintained by a government education authority. The Committee will not be concerned with grants for training within industry.

(2)   one position, Clerk, Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); one position, Clerk, Class 9( $10,393-10,824); one position, Clerk, Class 8 ($9,529-9,961); one position, Clerk, Class 4 ($5,923-6,571); one position Clerical Assistant, Grade 3 ($4,020-4,392).

(3)   The only positions filled at present are: Clerk, Class 10 and Clerk, Class 4.

Commission of Inquiry into Land Tenures

(1)   The terms of reference are:

(i)   The most appropriate methods of leasehold administration and management of land for urban purposes consistent with the private rights of lessees and the public interest in the land being land in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory and land acquired by or for the purpose of a Land Commission which may be set up in any Australian State to which the Parliament may grant financial assistance on terms and conditions relating to the acquisition, development and use of land for urban purposes.

(ii)   Without in any way derogating from the generality of the last preceding paragraph, the following particular matters:

(a)   the principles and practices, currently being applied in the leasing of land by public authorities for urban purposes, including the operation of the leasehold land system in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory and, to the extent necessary, the administration of leasehold lands in other parts of Australia and in other countries-,

(b)   what are the essential characteristics of leasehold tenure as it could be used in an urban land system;

(c)   the most appropriate term of years for land, leased for residential, commercial, industrial, public and community purposes, and the advantages, if any, of a reduction in the commonly used 99year lease period;

(d)   the purposes of land rent and the appropriate methods for arriving at the annual land rent payable for different classes of land and the intervals at which the rentals should be subject to re-appraisal;

(e)   the appropriate mechanisms for allocation of leases, indicating the conditions under which auction systems, ballots and direct allocations (needs basis, etc.) are appropriate for different circumstances and types of leases;

(f)   the criteria under which the collection of any land rentals might be deferred or rebated for lessees of land used for purposes which do not produceincome and who would suffer hardship if required to meet normal land rent charges;

(g)   the conditions, including methods of arriving at land rentals, under which leases might be made available to nonprofit making community bodies and for uses such as schools, churches, clubs, community centres;

(h)   equitable arrangements for lessee rights at the expiration of the lease period and in the event of the lease being terminated before the expiration of the lease term;

(i)   the procedures that should be followed when lessees seek a change in the conditions of lease;

(j)   the procedures that should be followed in the event that the lease conditions are varied and the means of arriving at the appropriate charges on the land by way of re-assessment of any land rent or the imposition of any other payment in the event of such variation;

(k)   the rights that neighbouring leaseholders should have in the event of a change in the conditions of a lease especially a change in the purpose clause;

(1)   the use of the lease purpose clause as a land use control measure for town planning purposes;

(m)   the manner in which any revenues raised by any lease allocation system should be reflected in any land development account, for example, whether these should be regarded as the disposal of a capital asset and/ or profit by the land authority;

(n)   the appropriate nature, structure and powers of an appeal body to receive and determine complaints about the level of rent reappraisal, conditions of lease renewal, compensation in cases of termination of leases, changes in lease purpose clauses and any other lease matters about which the Committee considers that leaseholders and other interested parties should have the opportunity for the redress of grievances;

(o)   existing revenue arrangements for leasehold lands in the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory and any desirable changes that should be made;

(p)   as a matter for a separate report, the problems associated with the leasehold system in the Northern Territory including the conversion process from urban lease hold to freehold;

(q)   such other matters within the general scope of the inquiry as may be referred to the Commission by the Minister for Urban and Regional Development, the Minister for the Capital Territory and the Minister for the Northern Territory acting jointly.

(iii)   The existing systems of land tenure and the features, including the advantages and disadvantages, of each system that relate to the acquisition, disposal, development, management and redevelopment of land for urban purposes.

(2)   One position, Clerk, Class 11 ($12,120-12,551); one position, Clerk, Class 9 ($10,393-10,824); one position, Principal Research Officer, Class 9the occupant of this position is paid as Clerk, Class 7 ($8,518-9,097); one position, Clerk, Class 6 ($7,651- 8,230); one position, Senior Research Officer, Grade 1 - the occupant of this position is a Graduate Clerk ($4,850); one position, Clerical Assistant, Grade 4 ($4,516-4,764); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 2 ($5,170-5,570); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625); one position, Typist, Grade 1 ($1,688- 3,675). This position is unfilled.

(3)   All the above are employed full-time on the Commission.

(4)   I have been provided with the following information in answer to part (4) of the honourable member's question. The lists do not include the twelve Senate and six House of Representatives Committees which have been re-appointed for the Twenty-eighth Parliament. The salary ranges shown do not include increases resulting from the recent National Wage decision.

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs

(1)   The terms of reference are: To inquire Into and report on matters referred to it by resolution of the House, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs or by motion of the committee within the following terms:

(1)   to consult with Aboriginal and Island people on policies and programs for their advancement;

(ii)   to examine the present situation of Aboriginal and Island people, recommended policies for improvements; and

(iii)   evaluate the effect of policies* and programs on Aboriginal and Island people.

(2)   One position, Parliamentary Officer, Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); one position, Parliamentary Officer, Class 7 ($8,518-9,097); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625).

(3)   Yes.

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Conservation

(1)   The terms of reference are to inquire into and report on:

(a)   environmental aspects of legislative and administrative measures which ought to be taken in order to ensure the wise and effective management of the Australian environment and of Australia's natural resources; and

(b)   such other matters relating to the environment and conservation and the management of Australia's natural resources as are referred to it by:

(i)   the Minister for the Environment and Conservation, or

(ii)   resolution of the House.

(2)   One position, Parliamentary Officer, Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); three positions, Parliamentary Officer, Class 7 ($8,518-9,097); one position, Parliamentary Officer, Class 5 ($6,787-7,434); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625).

(3)   Staff have been appointed to the Class 10, Class 7 (one) and Steno-secretary, Grade 1 positions.

House of Representatives Select Committee on Road Safety

(1)   The terms of reference are: To inquire into and report on:

(a)   the main causes of the present high level of the road toll in Australia;

(b)   the most effective means of achieving greater road safety in Australia;

(c)   the particular aspects of the problem to which those concerned with road safety could most advantageously direct their efforts; and

(d)   the economic cost to the community of road accidents in Australia in terms of -

(i)   material damage;

(ii)   loss of man hours and earning capacity; and

(iii)   cost of treatment of accident victims.

(2)   One position Parliamentary Officer, Class 10, ($11,256-11,688); one position, Parliamentary Officer, Class 7, ($8,518-9,097); one position, steno-secretary, Grade 1, ($4,325-4,625).

(3)   Yes.

Note. In addition to the staff listed for the foregoing Committees, a Senior Parliamentary Officer Class 11, ($12,120-12,551) has the overall responsibility for the House of Representatives Committee Office. Certain staff not attached to any particular committee provide general research, administrative and clerical assistance in the Committee Office. These are- two positions, Parliamentary Officer, Class 5, ($6,787- 7,434); one position, Clerical Assistant, Grade 3, ($4,020-4,392); one position, Attendant, Grade 1, ($4,026-4,214).

Senate Select Committee on Shipping Services Between King Island, Stanley and Melbourne

(1)   The terms of reference were: To inquire into and report upon - whether there is justification for not immediately employing the M.V. Straitsman to operate snipping services between King Island, Stanley and Melbourne having regard to:

(i)   the needs of the residents of King Island for an adequate shipping service;

(ii)   the construction, at Government expense, of three terminals at King Island, Stanley and Melbourne, costing $2.2m;

(iii)   The construction by Houfe and Company Pty Ltd, as part of the general re-organisation of King Island shipping, of a new vessel, M.V. Straitsman built at Cairns, at a cost of $1.2m;

(lv)   the pledge of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party on 10 October 1972 that a Federal Labor Government would require the Australian National Line to assume responsibility for the King Island shipping service and for this purpose to negotiate with the owners of the vessel, M.V. Straitsman;

(v)   the long delay In restoring King Island shipping services which were dislocated by the M.V. Straitsman being tied up on 14 June 1972;

(vi)   the economics of operating shipping services to King Island by means of either the M.V. Straitsman or alternative services;

(vii)   the terms on which the M.V. Staitsman is available -

For operation by the Australian National Line

By private interests or without subsidy,

(viii)   the Statement in the Senate on Thursday, IS March 1973, by the Minister, that the Australian National Line had been instructed to purchase the M.V. Straitsman and operate her, keeping separate accounts; and

(ix)   any other consideration considered relevant by the Committee.

(2)   One position Clerk Class 10 ($11,256-11,688) One position Clerk Class 7 ($8,518-9,097).

(3)   Yes.

The two officers assigned to assist this Committee were seconded from other Committee duties for the period of five weeks involved.

Senate Select Committee on Civil Rights of Migrant Australians

(1)   The terms of reference are: To inquire into and report upon the following matters:

(a)   whether the civil rights of migrant Australians and, in particular, members of the Croatian community, have been infringed by:

(i)   the unwarranted invasion of premises;

(ii)   the unwarranted seizure of documents or property;

(iii)   the unwarranted deprivation of liberty, privacy or good reputation; and, if so, what review or amendment of the law or administrative or judicial procedures is necessary or desirable;

(b)   whether there has been or is intimidation cr undue pressure applied to members of Australian migrant communities and, in particular, to members of the Australian Croatian community, Slovenian community, Macedonian community, Montenegran community and the Ukrainian community at the instance or in the interests of the Yugoslav Government or any other Government, and, in particular, whether any members of the Secret Police of another country have applied such intimidation or undue pressure or otherwise have been active among members of the migrant communities in Australia;

(c)   the circumstances surrounding and relevant to the Attorney-General's actions in relation to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation in March 1973; and

(d)   the problems and perils created for members of the Australian migrant community by the concept of dual nationality and appropriate measures which may be taken to eliminate them.

(2)   One position Clerk. Class 11 ($12,120-12,551); one position Clerk, Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); one position Research Officer, Class 7 ($8,518-9,097).

(3)   The Clerk Class 10 provides part-time assistance to the Committee.

Note: In addition certain staff not attached to any particular committee provide administrative and clerical assistance in the Committee Office.

These are: Seven positions, Steno-secretary, Grade 1 ($4,325-4,625); three positions. Clerical Assistant, Grade 3 ($4,020-4,392); one position Attendant, Grade 1 ($4,026-4,214).

Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory

(1)   The terms of reference are:

(a)   examine and report on all proposals for modifications or variations of the plan of lay-out of the City of Canberra and its environs published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on the nineteenth day of November 1925, as previously modified and varied, which are referred to the committee by the Minister for the Capital Territory; and

(b)   examine and report on such other matters relating to the Australian Capital Territory as may be referred to the committee -

(i)   by the Minister for the Capital Territory; or

(ii)   by resolution of either House of the Parliament.

(2)   One position. Parliamentary Officer, Class 10 ($11,256-11,688); one position, Parliamentary Officer, Class 7 ($8,518-9,097); one position, Steno-secretary, Grade I ($4,325-4,625).

(3)   Yes.

Joint Committee on the Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings - Inquiry into the Televising of Parliamentary Proceedings

(1)   The terms of reference are: To inquire into and report on:

(a)   whether the televising of portion of the Parliamentary debates and proceedings is desirable; and

(b)   if so, to what extent and in what manner the telecasts should be undertaken.

(2)   One position, Parliamentary Officer, Class 10, ($11,256-11,688); one position, Parliamentary Officer, Class 7, ($8,518-9,097); one position, Steno-secretary Grade 1, ($4,325-4,625).

(3)   Yes.

Joint Committee on Prices

(1)   The terms of reference are: To inquire into and, as appropriate, report upon:

(a)   complaints arising from prices charged by private industry and by the public sector;

(b)   movements in prices of goods and services in particular fields or sections of private industry and the public sector, for example, as measured by price indices; and

(c)   such other matters relating to prices as may be referred to the committee by resolution of either House of the Parliament.

(2)   One position, Parliamentary Officer, Class 10, ($11,256-11,688); three positions, Parliamentary Officer, Class 9, ($10,393-10,824); two positions, Parliamentary Officer, Class 7, ($8,518-9,097); two positions, Parliaments Officer, Class 5, ($6,787-7,434); one position,.

Clerical Assistant, Grade 4, ($4,516-4,764); one position, Steno-Secretary, Grade 1, ($4,325-4,625); two positions, typist, Grade 2, ($3,805-4,065).

(3)   Staff have been appointed to all but one position.







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