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Monday, 28 October 1996
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(Question No. 228)


Senator Robert Ray asked the Minister for Communications and the Arts, upon notice, on 8 October 1996:

(1) What staff, other than staff employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984, were employed in or attached to the office(s) of the Minister and each of his or her Parliamentary Secretaries as at Tuesday, 8th October 1996.

(2) What were the total salary costs of such staff.

(3) What was the financial cost to the Commonwealth of the employment of such staff.

(4) What were the titles, roles and duties of such staff and what public service (or equivalent) classifications did they carry.

(5) Under what programs were they employed.


Senator Alston —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) Two staff, other than staff employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984, were employed in my Office as at Tuesday, 8 October 1996.

(2) The total salary costs of these two staff were $72,321.

(3) The financial cost to the Commonwealth of these staff was $4,364.

(4) The two staff members are Departmental Liaison Officers. Their roles and duties are to liaise and coordinate between my Office and the Department. One officer is a Senior Officer Grade B and the other is a Senior Officer Grade C.

(5) They were employed under Sub-program 1.1.