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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2301

Senator TOWNLEY asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   What was the cost to the Government of air travel within Australia by Commonwealth Public Servants in the years ending 30th June 1970 and 30th June 1971.

(2)   Is more use of economy air travel made by government and parliamentary officers in the United States of America, than is the case in Australia.

(3)   Which Commonwealth Government employees are not eligible for first class air travel in Australia when travelling on Government business.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) The Prime Minister has advised me as follows:

(1)   The Treasury has advised that the cost within Australia and its Territories of such travel was:

1969- 70- $7,464,503

1970- 71- $8,004,628

These figures include the cost of air travel by employees under the Public Service Act, the Supply and Development Act, the Naval Defence Act and the Trade Commissioners Act and other departmental employees. Also included is the cost met by the Commonwealth of air fares of persons travelling for interview for departmental positions and of wives and children of Commonwealth Government employees. The cost of air travel by employees of the Papua New Guinea Administration and members of the Defence Forces is not included. These figures do not include costs incurred by the Department of Air as the costs for that Department on the above basis are not available.

(2)   On the information available to the Public Service Board, it would appear that more use is made of economy air travel by government and parliamentary officers in the United States of America than in Australia.

(3)   The Public Service Board has advised that male occupants of the following designations are, in normal circumstances ineligible under Public Service Regulation 84 for first class air travel in Australia whilst travelling on duty:

Airport Labourer

Animal Attendant

Assistant (Mint), Grade 1

Assistant (Plant Maintenance)

Attendant, Department of Education and Science



Canteen Assistant


Junior Assistant

Examiner, Grade 1

Garage Attendant

Gardener, Grade 1




Lift Attendant


Machinist (Steel Construction)

Meat Inspector-in-training

Missile Range Assistant

Nursing Aide-in-tratning

Orderly, Grade 1


Process Worker

Assistant Projectionist


Stores Assistant

Tradesman's Assistant


Workshops Assistant, Grade1

Cadet Dietitian

Cadet Occupational Therapist

Cadet Physiotherapist

Dental Therapist-in-training

Accounting Machinist

Accounting Machinist-in-training

Card Punch Operator, Grade1

Data Processing Operator-in-training

Data Processing Operator, Grade 1

Dental Assistant

Food Processor, Grade1

Food Processor, Grade 2

Supervisor (Food Processing)

Hospital Assistant, Grade1

Hospital Assistant, Grade 2

Senior Hospital Assistant

Mail Officer (Coding)

Student Nurse

Supervisor (Family Services)


Phonogram Operator

Teleprinter Operator

Telex Service Operator


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