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Tuesday, 12 November 1985
Page: 2029

Senator Button —On 10 October 1985 (Hansard, page 990) Senator Missen asked Senator Gareth Evans, in his capacity as Minister who represents the Attorney-General, a question without notice concerning the announcement of a replacement for the former Commonwealth Ombudsman and the staffing level of the Ombudsman's office. Senator Gareth Evans undertook to provide him with an answer as soon as possible.

The Prime Minister has supplied the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The appointment of the new Commonwealth Ombudsman is still under consideration. In the meantime Mr J. E. Jordan, an experienced Deputy Ombudsman, is acting in the position until the announcement is made.

The Ombudsman's office has had its average operating staffing level (AOSL) maintained when many government departments and authorities have had their staffing levels reduced during the present fiscal restraint. The Ombudsman's office staffing levels over the past four years have been: 52 in 1981-82, 55 in 1982-83, 60 in 1983-84 and 64 in 1984-85.