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Tuesday, 9 November 1976


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Public Service Matters, upon notice:

(   1 ) What was the establishment of the Department of the Media.

(2)   When the Department was abolished which of the positions in it were not recreated in other departments.


Mr Street (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) (Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Public Service Matters) - The Public Service Board has provided the following information for answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) The establishment of the Department upon its abolition at 22 December 1975 numbered 1376 positions under the Public Service Act. This number does not include approvals to employ industrial staff in the Australian Government Publishing Service, who in December 1975 numbered 515.

(2)   The ten positions which comprised the former Film Branch were not recreated in other departments. In addition, there were subsequent substantial savings due to a rationalisation of activities.







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