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Announcements at Prime Minister's press conference



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ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE PRIME MINISTER AT HIS PRESS CONFERENCE, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA TUESDAY, .25 SEPTEMBER 197.3. . .

TRANSPORT .

APPOINTMENTS ; The Prime Minister today announced the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry into the Maritime industry. The terms of reference of the inquiry are attached. The Prime Minister announced the appointment of Mr, M, Summers as sole Commissioner

under the Royal Commissions Act, as from. 30 September, Mr, Summers is at present Secretary of the Department of Transport, The Prime Minister said that. Mr, Summers, who has been Secretary of the Department of Transport since 1969

and formerly Deputy Secretary of the Department of Trade, has had a wide range of experience in the framing of policy and legislative matters. His recent close involvement with the maritime industry and his development of transport policies while heading the Department of Transport will also be of great value to the Commission of Inquiry.

Mr. C.C. Halton, at present a senior officer of the Canadian Department of Transport, will succeed Mr. Summers as Secretary of the Department of Transport. He will take up duty early in November and will later become head of the amalgamated Departments of Transport and Civil Aviation„

Mr, N. Jenner will be Acting Secretary of the Department from 30 September until Mr. Halton”s arrival. .

The Prime Minister also announced that Sir Donald Anderson would be taking up his duties as full time Chairman of Gantas on 1 October. Mr. R. Phillips will be Acting Director-General of Civil Aviation until his Department is merged with the Department of Transport. .

During the absence on sick leave of the Auditor-General, Mr. D. Craik, Mr. W. Scott will act as Auditor-General.

AUSTRALIAN LEGAL AID OFFICE; The Government decided to expand the services of Australian Legal Aid Office, the establishment of which was announced in July of this year. In view of the demands already being placed on the Office, the Government decided to allocate an additional $750,000 for the Office in the 1973/74 financial year.