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P R I M E MINISTER

FOR PRESS . 4 FEBRUARY 1979

CHANGES IN CABINET ARRANGEMENTS

The Prime Minister announced today changes in the structure and membership of the Standing Committees of Cabinet.

These changes flow from a review of Cabinet arrangements asked for by the Prime Minister late last year.

The new structure of Standing Committees matches more closely the present flow of Cabinet business. Some Committees have been reduced in size to facilitate their operations. However other Ministers are co-opted to Standing

Committees for particular policy items as required. Ministers proposing policy items are automatically co-opted.

Major issues, particularly in relation to the economy and employment,will continue to be.taken in full Cabinet. Standing Committees will meet throughout the year as the workload requires. They will continue to be supported by

committees of officials.

The review of Cabinet arrangements confirmed a. . significant and continuing increase in the volume of business coming forward for decision, a continuing feature of federal administration under the present and previous Governments. Streamlining measures have been taken in the past to reduce

the workload on Cabinet. The Prime Minister has informed Ministers of further changes designed to reduce the Cabinet workload, including a request that Ministers handle more matters on their own discretion. Cabinet has also authorised

the Minister for Finance to approve minor new expenditures bilaterally with Ministers, without Cabinet consideration. .

The growing volume of Cabinet business comes from a variety of reasons, particularly the complexity of government and the increasing need at the federal and state level for co-ordination of policies. The Cabinet Office has been asked

to continue its task of orderly programming of meetings and improving the presentation of proposals for decision.

The practice will continue of establishing other Cabinet Committees on an ad hoc basis for specific purposes. The Ministerial Public Information Committee, chaired by the Minister for Industry and Commerce, will also continue to

operate.

The new Standing Committees of Cabinet and their membership are shown in the attachment. ”

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CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE (CC)

. . ' Terms of Reference

’ To consider overall government strategy and to deal v/ith matters referred to it by the Prime Minister·. " .

• . ’ . · Membership .

Prime Minister (Chairman) .

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Industry and Commerce

Minister for Primary Industry

Minister'for Education ·

Mr Fraser

Mr Anthony

Mr Lynch

Mr Sinclair

Sen. Garrick

Permanent Heads Committee

Secretary, Department of the Prime'Minister and Cabinet (Chairman) ■ . ■

Secretary, Department of the Treasury - ' Secretary, Department of Trade and Resources Secretary, Department-of Finance Chairman, Public Service Board .

FOREIGN AFFAIRS AMD DEFENCE COMMITTEE (FAD)

Terras of Reference

To consider matters concerned with international relations and defence.

■ Membership · '

Mr Fraser Mr Anthony

Mr Lynch.

Mr Sinclair Sen. Carrick Mr Howard Mr Peacock

Mr Killen Mr MacKellar

Prime Minister (Chairman) Minister for Trade and . ' Resources Minister for Industry ' '

and Commerce Minister for Primary Industry Minister for Education Treasurer Minister for Foreign Affairs Minister for Defence Minister for Immigration and

Ethnic Affairs and Minister Assisting the Treasurer

Permanent Heads Committee

Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Chairman) Secretary, Department of Defence .

Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary, Department of the Treasury SecretaryDepartment of Finance Secretary, Department of Trade and Resources

INTELLIGENCE AND'SECURITY COMMITTEE (IS)

Terms of Reference .

To set overall policy and oversee the work of the intelligence community.

' Membership ·

Mr Fraser Mr Anthony Mr Sinclair Mr Peacock Mr Killen Mr Robinson Sen. Durack Mr McLeay

Prime Minister (Chairman) Minister for Trade and Resources Minister for Primary Industry ■ Minister for Foreign Affairs Minister for Defence Minister for Finance Attorney-General

Minister for Administrative Services and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Permanent Heads Committee

Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Chairman) Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs , Secretary, Department of Defence . ·

Chief of Defence Force Staff .

Secretary, Department of Finance ·

Director, Office of National Assessments Director-General of Security

MONETARY POLICY COMMITTEE (MP)

Terms of Reference-To deal with matters' relating to interest rates, banking policy and currency exchange rates.

Membership-

Mr Fraser Prime Minister (Chairman) .

Mr Anthony Minister for Trade and '

Resources

Mr Lynch Minister for Industry · '

and Commerce ■

Mr Sinclair Minister for Primary Industry Sen. Carrick Minister for Education Mr Street Minis ter for Industrial .

Relations

Mr Nixon . Minister for Transport

Mr Howard Treasurer

Mr Robinson Minister for Finance

Committee of Officials

Governor, Reserve Bank (Chairman) Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary, Department of the Treasury Secretary, Department of Finance

WAGES POLICY COMMITTEE (WP)

Terms of Reference

To settle the Government's Submissions at the National Wage Case and deal with related matters referred to it by the Prime Minister or Cabinet.

Membership

Mr Lynch Minister for Industry

and Commerce (Chairman)

Mr Sinclair Minister for Primary Industry Mr Street Minister for Industrial

Relations

Mr Nixon . - Minister for Transport ' -

Mr Howard Treasurer

Mr Peacock Minister for Foreign Affairs .

Mr Viner Minister for Employment and

Youth Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister ' . '

Sen. Durack Attorney-General Mr Macphee Minister for Productivity and '

Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Commerce

Mr Ellicott Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for the Capital ■

Territory

Mr Groom Minister for Housing and

Construction '

Task Group of Officials

Dept of Industrial Relations (Chair) Dept of Employment and Youth Affairs Dept of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Dept of the Treasury. Public Service Board

SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY COMMITTEE (SWP)

Terras of Reference

To oversee and consider plans and policies and review existing policies and programs in the broad field of health, welfare and education.

. . Membership ■

Mr Lynch

Sen. Garrick Sen. Guilfoyle Mr Robinson Mr Viner ■

Mr Hunt Mr MacKellar

Mr Adermann

Mr Ellicott

Mr Groom

Minister for Industry and Commerce (Chairman) Minister for Education Minister for Social Security . Minister for Finance Minister for Employment and

Youth Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister Minister for Health . .

Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and Minister Assisting the Treasurer Minister for Veterans 1

Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Primary Industry ·

Minister for Home Affairs . and Minister for the Capital.Territory Minister for Housing and

Construction

Permanent Heads Committee

Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Chairman) .

Director-General, Department of Social Security Director-General, Department of Health Secretary, Department of Finance

LEGISLATION COMMITTEE (LEG)

Terms of Reference

To examine draft Bills, and ensure . their compliance with the terms of Decisions of the Cabinet or Cabinet Committees.

To consider minor legislative proposals, determine priority and authorise drafting.

To develop and monitor the legislation program for each Parliamentary sittings, including oversight of priorities for drafting and passage.

To oversee the Parliamentary proceedings and priorities.

Membership

Mr Sinclair

Sen. Carrick

Mr Nixon ·

Mr Peacock Mr Viner

Sen. Durack Sen. Webster

Mr Macphee .

Mr Garland

Mr Ellicott

Mr Groom

Leader of the House (Chairman) .

Leader of the Government in ■ . the Senate .

Minister for Transport Minister for Foreign Affairs Minister for Employment and ;

Youth Affairs and Minister . Assisting the Prime Minister ■ Attorney-General . .

Minister for Science and the Environment Minister for Productivity and Minister Assisting the Minister

for Industry and Commerce Minister for Special Trade Representations and Minister ■ Assisting the Minister for

Trade and Resources Minister for Home Affairs and . Minister for the Capital . ·

Territory Minister for Housing and Construction

Permanent Heads Committee

Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Chairman) Secretary, Attorney-General's Department First Parliamentary Counsel ' . .

GENERAL POLICY COMMITTEE

Terms of Reference

To consider matters broadly within existing policy guidelines, as referred by the Prime Minister.

To deal-with organisational and . ■ administrative matters.

Membership

Mr Lynch

Mr Nixon Sen. Guilfoyle Mr Robinson Mr Viner

Sen. Durack Mr Hunt Mr MacKellar(l)

Minister- for Industry and Commerce (Chairman) . Minister for Transport Minister for Social Security Minister for Finance Minister for Employment and

Youth Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister Attorney-General -

Minister for Health ' -

Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and Minister Assisting the Treasurer

Mr Adermann

Mr Newman

Mr Staley '

Sen. Chaney

Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Primary Industry Minister for National

Development-Minister for Post and · ' Telecommunications ■

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Education

(1) Representing the Treasurer

' Permanent Heads Committee- ·

Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Chairman) Secretary, Department of Finance Chairman, Public Service Board Secretary, Department of Administrative Services

INDUSTRY POLICY COMMITTEE

Terms of Reference

. To consider matters arising from reports of the Industries Assistance Commission and the Temporary Assistance Authority.

To oversee Government Purchasing policy, including the acquisition of ADP capability.

To deal with matters affecting Australian industry generally.

Membership

Mr Lynch

Mr Sinclair Mr Street

Mr Killen Mr Robinson Mr Viner

Mr MacKellar(1)

Mr McLeav

Sen. Webster

Mr Macphee

Mr Fife

Mr Garland

.Minister for Industry and Commerce (Chairman) Minister for Primary Industry Minister for Industrial

Relations .

Minister for Defence Minister for Finance Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs and Minister

Assisting the Prime Minister Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and Minister Assisting the Treasurer Minister for Administrative

Services and Minister Assisting the Minister . . for Defence Minister for Science and

the Environment .

Minister for Productivity and Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Commerce .

Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs and . Minister Assisting the . Prime Minister in Federal

Affairs Minister for Special Trade Representations and Minister

Assisting the Minister for Trade and Resources

(1) Representing the Treasurer

Permanent Heads Committee

Secretary, Department of the. Prime Minister and Cabinet (Chairman) Secretary, Department of Industry and Commerce Secretary, Department of the Treasury Secretary, Department of Business and Consumer Affairs