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Tuesday, 6 December 1960

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask thu Prime Minister a question concerning the secret reports which have been made concerning the capacities and characteristics of officers in the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Labour and National Service every six months over the last three years. I ask the right honorable gentleman why public servants are not allowed to see and comment on these reports in the same way as officers in the armed services are permitted to do this in relation to the annual confidential reports which are made on them. If there is to be an extension of the system of staff reporting, as recommended by the Boyer committee, will the Prime Minister see that public servants are given the same opportunity as commissioned officers to sight such reports, and thus to act in order to counter any prejudice by their superiors or to improve their own standards?

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