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Friday, 3 December 1976

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) What are the categories of public servants which qualify for diplomatic passports while representing Australia overseas.

(2)   How many officers belong to each of these categories, and how many of these are females.

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

(1)   Officers of the public service who qualify for diplomatic passports while representing Australia overseas are as follows: Permanent Heads of Commonwealth Departments; the Head of an Australian consular mission overseas; an officer of the Australian Public Service who is leader of an official delegation or is its sole representative at an international conference; a member of Her Majesty's Australian Diplomatic Service (other than a member of the Administrative and Technical Staff); a member of the staff of any Australian Government department or instrumentality assigned to a diplomatic Mission overseas and accorded diplomatic status; and a Permanent Head of a State Premier's Department accompanying his Premier overseas on an official visit.

(2)   A meaningful answer cannot be given to the first part of this question. Nor is information retained by my Department which distinguishes for records purposes between the sexes.

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