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Tuesday, 27 November 1973

Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

How many Australian Public Servants at each Level/Class in the Second and Third Divisions on 1 September 1973 had been receiving Regulation 97 payments for (a) 6 months or less; (b) 6 to 12 months; (c) 12 to 18 months; and (d) 18 months or longer.

Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I refer the honourable senator to the information provided in answer to Question No. 419 about the basis and circumstances involved in the payment of allowances under Regulation 97 and about the maximum time limits for the allowance now applying in the States and Territories (Hansard, 13 November 1973, page 1751).

The Regulation enables Chief Officers to authorise payment of the allowance for initial periods of up to 3 months. Payment of allowances for periods longer than 3 months is approved by the Public Service Board's Inspectors in the States. The Public Service Board is not involved in the day to day implementation of the Regulation and therefore the information requested is not centrally recorded and maintained. Thus whilst I have asked that the information sought be obtained this may take some time. As soon as the information is to hand it will be made available to the honourable senator and to the Senate.

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