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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3457

Mr Fry asked the Minister for the Capital Territory, upon notice:

(   1 ) Does his Department propose to cut trained teaching staff at the Civic and Manuka occasional day care centres by 50 percent.

(2)   If so, is this cut in the best interests of A.C.T. children.

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

(   1 ) The Department of the Capital Territory has been reviewing the establishment of occasional care centres. One proposal being examined would reorganise the staffing of the centres to provide improved management and operation. This would require the substitution of an administrative position at each centre for the Teacher-in-Charge position which is very largely concerned with administrative duties.

(2)   Any changes made in the staffing at occasional care centres will be based primarily on the interests of A.C.T. children and their parents.

Animal Health Laboratory at Geelong (Question No. 1448)

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science, upon notice:

(   1 ) What is the present stage of the Animal Health Laboratory at Geelong.

(2)   What progress will be made during 1976-77 and what progress is proposed or hoped for in 1 977-78.

Mr Adermann (FISHER, QUEENSLAND) (Minister Assisting the Minister for National Resources) - The Minister for Science has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's questions:

(1   ) The situation is that although the Government is convinced of the need for this laboratory it is not possible, in the light of the present constraints on expenditure, to provide funds for the commencement of works in the current financial year.

(2)   However, it is hoped that the special team established to undertake design work for the Australian National Animal Health Laboratory will be able to continue with this work until the design and tender documents are complete. The position will be reviewed again during this year.

Launching of Australian Ships in Sweden (Question No. 1481)

Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did he state in answer to my question No. 1019 (Hansard, 5 October 1976, page 1530) that the gifts presented to the launching ladies who officiated at the recent launchings of two Australian ships in Sweden were being valued in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

(2   ) If so, has the valuation of the gifts been completed.

(3)   If so, what is the valuation of the (a) Gotaverken gift and (b) Blohm and Voss gift.

(4)   What is the present location of (a) the Gotaverken brooch and (b) the Blohm and Voss bracelet.

(5)   What action has been taken to implement the Prime Minister's election promise that gifts in excess of $ 100 must be paid for by the recipient.

(6)   Was each launching lady, i.e. Mrs Nixon and Mrs Anthony, asked to nominate the nature of the gift each received.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   and (5) The Prime Minister's election promise was implemented by the payment to the receiver of Public Moneys of $150 for the Blohm and Voss gift, and $1,230 for the Gotaverken gift.

(4)   In the hands of the recipients.

(6)   No.

Public Servants on Prime Minister's Overseas Visits (Question No. 1510)

Mr Jones (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Have public servants from departments other than his own accompanied him on his visits overseas.

(2)   If so, who were they, and from which departments did they come.

(3)   What was the cost of (a) fares, (b) allowances and (c) accommodation to each department for each visit.

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

(1)   to (3) See my answer to Question No. 878 (Senate Hansard, 6 December 1976, pages 2679-81.)

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