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Overseas officers of the Territory Public Service



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OVERSEAS OFFICERS 0? THE·TERRITORY PUBLIC SERVICE

(Statement by the Minister for External Territories, the Hon. C.E. Barnes, M.P.)

The Minister for,External Territories, Mr Barnes, said today there was no foundation in the suggestion that the creation of the new Commonwealth Service for selected officers meant that the overseas element in the Territory Public Service would be reduced to 1,000 .officers*

In fact, increased numbers of contract officers are proposed for each of the next few years.

Permanent overseas officers who are not appointed ' to the new Service will continue to serve as at present with the security of the Employment Security Scheme behind them, likewise, contract officers who are not appointed to the

new Service continue to serve under the security of their existing contracts.

Permanent or contract officers who are appointed to the new base service will go on working as Territory public servants under the Public Service Ordinance - their status as members of ASOC only nomes into play if they ever become redundant in Papua and New Guinea and if certain conditions

that will be laid down in the legislation ever come to apply here.

CANBERRA. A.C.T. PORT MORESBY. TPNG

11 JULY 1970

D.T. 5308/67