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Thursday, 26 August 1937

Senator GUTHRIE asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice - 1.Who is responsible for the engagement. of the staff of Australia House, London?

2.   How many male employees are there at Australia House?

3.   How many female employees are there at Australia House?

4.   How many of the employees are Australians?

5.   How many of the male employees arc returned soldiers?

6.   ls it a fact that the lift employees are females, and, if so, why are such jobs not given to limbless soldiers?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Prime Minister has supplied the following answers: -

1.   The staff engaged in London for service with the High Commissioner's Office is appointed in accordance with the provisions of section 9 of the High Commissioner Act 1909.It is also the practice for a limited number of officers of the Commonwealth Public Service to be transferred temporarily to the High Commissioner's Office to fill senior positions therein. 2.Ninety. 3.Ninety-two (including five lift attendants, one cleaning superintendent, two floor polishers, and 35 cleaners).

4.   Males. 2(i; females, one.

5.   Forty-five. Of the remainder, eight officers were appointed to the staff of the High Commissioner's Office before 101.4, and six are messenger boys.

6.   Inquiries are being made regarding this matter.

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