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Thursday, 27 September 1973
Page: 1714


Mr Snedden asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Did he announce on 3 July 1973 that public servants would in future be permitted, in certain circumstances, to hold company directorships, in other than co-operative societies as previously permitted.

(2)   If so, what stage has been reached in the drafting of amendments to the Public Service Act.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Drafting is proceeding. It is expected that these amendments and others will be dealt with in a Bill lo be introduced during the present Parliamentary Sittings.

Australian Forces in Singapore (Question No. 963)


Mr Snedden asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Did he at any time give an undertaking or commitment of any kind to the British Minister for Defence, Lord Carrington, to the effect that Australia would maintain its forces in Singapore under the Five Power Arrangements.


Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

I gave no undertaking or commitment of any kind to Lord Carrington that was inconsistent with the Government's announcement on 4 July concerning Australian forces in Singapore or with the Australian Labor Party's 1972 Policy Speech, which was made before Lord Carrington's visit, in which I said that we would honour the full terms of the Five Power Arrangements, under which Australia agreed to provide Malaysia and Singapore with personnel, facilities and courses for training their forces and assistance in operational and technical matters and the supply of equipment; but that the Five Power Arrangements do not require an Australian garrison in Singapore and that the battalion and battery there would not be replaced when they complete their tour of duty.

I also refer the honourable member to the answer given to Senate Question No. 372 (Senate, Hansard, page 948).







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