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Thursday, 19 September 1974
Page: 1237

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. To what position has the former Australian Labor Party member for Riverina in another place been appointed? What is the annual salary attached to the position? To what travelling and expense allowances is he entitled? Where is his office situated? What staff is attached to him? Briefly, what are the duties he is supposed to perform?

Senator MURPHY -The former member for Riverina is now Special Consultant to the Australian Government on Community Relations. His salary is $25,000. He receives an allowance of $1,200 and a travelling allowance of $31 a day. These amounts are appropriate to the position which he holds. The office is in the Administrative Building in Canberra. Mr Grassby 's staff presently consists of three- an assistant, a stenographer-secretary and some other office assistant. His duties have already been outlined by Mr Whitlam on 7 July 1974. For the convenience of the Senate I will refer to them again. Mr Whitlam said that Mr Grassby would be appointed commissioner under the racial discrimination legislation when passed. In the meantime, Mr Grassby will act as adviser to the Australian Government on matters of community relations affecting migrants and other ethnic groups in Australia. He also informed the public that, as Minister for Immigration, Mr Grassby had established a community relations committee which had gathered a great deal of evidence indicating that discrimination continued to exist in important areas of community administration and activity. The findings of the inquiry would be a useful basis for his work.

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