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Thursday, 14 November 1985
Page: 2143


Senator WALTERS(12.02) —I would remind the Minister that it is only a period of six years. I do not think that is an extraordinarily long time for predictions to be made by the Department. I am surprised that it does not make predictions in that framework, but if I am told that it does not, very well. I turn to another matter. We are told in the Estimates Committee that the Health Insurance Commission was implementing a policy of permancy for its staff. How far has this progressed, how many staff have been given permanent status, and does the policy apply to all members of staff?