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Friday, 12 June 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   For what subjects have permanent interdepartmental committees been established.

(2)   Why was he unable in the last Parliament to answer the similar question 1 put on the Notice Paper for him on 25th February 1969.

Mr Gorton - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Agriculture and agricultural research.

Automatic data processing.

Commonwealth office construction and other matters, including contracts, relating to building and civil engineering.

Communications and broadcasting.

Civil defence programmes and planning proposals.


Development projects other than projects in Northern Australia.

Disbursement of monies under the Temple Society Trust Fund.

Drugs and therapeutic substances.

Employee food services in Commonwealth establishments.

Export controls.

Export payments and investment insurance matters.

External aid programmes.

F.A.O and World health.

Facilitation of the entry and clearance of passengers, cargo, etc., of vessels and of international aircraft.

Implementation and operation of the National Service Training Scheme.

International conferences in Australia.

Joint civil/military air space and operating procedures.

Mapping, surveys and oceanography.

Matters affecting the administration and development of Canberra and the A.C.T.

Matters affecting the development of Papua and New Guinea.

Matters affecting individual private overseas students.

Medical fees and health insurance.

Meteorological services, navigational aids and other services for civil aviation and shipping.

Natural resources.

Northern Development.

Overseas visits of officers.

Participation in the Commonwealth Cooperation in Education Scheme.

Preservation and restoration of historic buildings.

Provision and operation of flats as transitory accommodation for migrant families.

Public health and medical planning.

Publicity and information in Australia and overseas.

Purchase and disposal of stores and equipment for Commonwealth departments.

Recruitment and conditions of service of Commonwealth employees.

Research programmes for various primary products.

Resettlement in civilian life of members of the permanent Forces.

Road safety, road traffic laws, driver improvement and standards of motor vehicle construction.

Search and rescue services and other safety matters.

Transport and storage of dangerous goods.

Transport policy and development.


Trade Statistics.

U.N.C.T.A.D. matters.

Welfare policy.

(2)   1 refer the honourable member to the answer I gave to a question without notice asked by the honourable member for Evans on 14th May 1970 (Hansard pp 2128-2129).

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