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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4823

Mr Garland asked the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(   1 ) What have been the duties each month of Mr N. K. Foster, the former Australian Labor Party member for Stun, South Australia

(2   ) What was the date of his appointment.

(3)   What is the amount of his salary and allowances.

(4)   Is he authorised to incur expenditure; if so, of what type and scale.

(5)   Does he have a staff; if so, what are the details and costs.

(6)   Does he have a permanent office or offices; if so, what is the address in each case.

(   7 ) How many days has he spent in each of the States to 3 1 July 1974.

(8)   Has he had any holidays, sick days, or other leave; if so, what are the details.

(9)   Is he a permanent public servant, or does he have a contract of service or letter of employment; if so, what are the details.

(10)   What has been the total amount paid to him in respect of salary and allowances from the commencement of his appointment to 3 1 July 1974.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Mr Foster has undertaken a wide range of valuable work since joining the Department. This has involved extensive industrial relations liaison and included investigation and reporting on the grievances of seasonal workers in the Wee Waa and Narrabri districts of New South Wales, representing the Department at meetings and conferences in relation to Stevedoring and Sea transport in Darwin, inquiring into aspects of future waterfront employment in Portland, and making extensive enquiries into certain aspects of the Stevedoring industry throughout Australia.

(2)   Mr Fosterjoined the Department on 1 9. 1 2.72.

(3)   His salary is $12,721 per annum and he may receive any allowances that are normally payable to Australian Public Servants at his particular classification.

(4)   When the normal approving officer is unavailable he can authorise his own travel on official business in an emergency.

(5)   No.

(6)   He has one room within Regional Headquarters at 99 Currie Street, Adelaide. This accords with the normal provision for staff at his level in State offices.

(7)   Departmental records indicate that Mr Foster has been absent from South Australia for approximately the following periods to 3 1 July 1 974:


(8)   He has been on recreation leave for a total of 4 weeks.

(9)   Mr Fosteris a temporary employee of my Department.

(10)   Total salary paid to Mr Foster from 19.12.72 to 3 1 .7.74 was $ 1 7,04 1 .38. The only allowance paid to him has been travelling allowance which totalled $1,191.

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