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Friday, 29 May 1987
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(Question No. 5300)


Mr Connolly asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 29 April 1987:

(1) How many Australian (a) Defence Force personnel and (b) civilians were on the Australian Defence staffs at overseas missions in (i) Washington, (ii) elsewhere in the U.S., (iii) in London, (iv) elsewhere in the U.K., (v) in Wellington and (vi) elsewhere in New Zealand as at 30 June (A) 1975, (B) 1977, (C) 1979, (D) 1981, (E) 1983, (F) 1985 and (G) 1986.

(2) What is the estimated annual cost of maintaining an Australian (a) Defence Force member and (b) civilian at each post referred to in part (1).


Mr Beazley —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The numbers of Defence Force personnel and Defence civilian staff at the locations requested are summarised in the following table.

(2) The estimated per capita costs at May 87 values of maintaining a Defence Force member or civilian at the posts are as follows:

(a) Washington A$87,000 per annum.

(b) London A$75,000 per annum.

(c) Wellington A$25,000 per annum.

AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE STAFF OVERSEAS

1975

SVC

CIV

TOT

1977

SVC

CIV

TOT

1979

SVC

CIV

TOT

1981

SVC

CIV

TOT

Per capita

maintainable costs

excluding salary

US ...

Washington...

76

25

101

68

18

86

70

18

88

73

6

79

($A MAY 87)

87,000

Other US...

200

34

234

131

35

166

149

38

187

491

52

543

UK...

London...

35

10

45

35

7

42

37

8

45

36

6

42

75,000

Other UK ...

256

20

276

213

6

219

264

6

270

138

9

147

NZ ...

Wellington ...

2

1

3

2

1

3

2

1

3

2

-

2

25,000

Other NZ...

9

-

9

13

-

13

17

-

17

9

2

11

AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE STAFF OVERSEAS

1983

SVC

CIV

TOT

1985

SVC

CIV

TOT

1986

SVC

CIV

TOT

Per capita

maintainable costs

excluding salary

US ...

Washington...

39

16

55

39

16

55

39

16

55

($A MAY 87)

87,000

Other US...

306

58

364

274

57

331

272

42

314

UK...

London...

9

6

15

10

6

16

10

5

15

75,000

Other UK...

195

12

207

166

20

186

149

18

167

NZ ...

Wellington...

2

-

2

2

-

2

2

-

2

25,000

Other NZ...

11

-

11

6

-

6

9

-

9