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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2997

Senator Withers asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Which persons appointed since December 1972 from outside the Australian Public Service to the position of Ambassador are members of the Australian Labor Party or who, prior to the 1972 election, publicly advocated the return of a Labor Government.

(2)   What salary and allowances are paid to each such appointee.

(3)   What are the terms of their appointment.

Senator Willesee - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   Since December 1972 the following Heads of Mission have been appointed from outside the Australian Public Service:

The Honourable J. I. Armstrong

DrS. A.Fitzgerald

The Honourable V. C. Gair

Mr B.A. Grant

High Commissioner in the United Kingdom.

Ambassador to the People's Republic of China

Ambassador to Ireland

High Commissioner in India and Ambassador to Nepal.

The party affiliations of these appointees and their support or opposition to the return of the Labor Government is irrelevant to their ability to perform their duties as Heads of Mission.

(2)   The salaries paid to the appointees listed above are:


In addition to salary, Heads of Mission receive allowances which vary according to the country of accreditation and the composition of the officer's family and are thus not comparable. These allowances include funds for official representation, local cost of living adjustment, child allowance and special child allowance. They are also reimbursed the cost of employing domestic assistance and for the upkeep of the official residence.

(3)   Their terms of appointment are not fixed.

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