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Wednesday, 17 September 1958
Page: 1369

Mr J R FRASER ser asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   In what circumstances and under what conditions does the Public Service Board make, or authorize Commonwealth departments to make, payment of living allowances or rental subsidies to Commonwealth public servants transferred or promoted to Canberra?

2.   How many public servants are at present receiving (a) living allowances and (b) rental subsidy?

3.   On what basis are those allowances paid?

4.   What gross amount has been paid in these allowances (a) over the past twelve months and

(b)   over the past three months?

5.   Are the rates of allowances paid standard throughout the Service, or do they vary with the status and salary of trie officer concerned?

Mr Menzies - The following information was conveyed to the honorable member in a letter from me dated 28th May, 1958:-

1.   Living allowances or rental subsidies are paid in the following circumstances to Commonwealth public servants transferred or promoted to Canberra until they are able to obtain suitable unfurnished accommodation for themselves and their families: - (a) Where the officer resides at an approved hostel, boarding house or hotel pending the arrival of his family; (b) where the officer and his family obtain temporary accommodation at an approved hostel, boarding house or hotel;

(c)   where the officer rents a furnished house temporarily.

2.   The number at present receiving (a) living allowance is 52; (b) rental subsidy is 89.

3.   The basis of the allowances is the difference between normal household expenditure and the cost of temporary accommodation in Canberra.

4.   The gross amounts of these allowances paid are - (a) over the past twelve months, £34,545 6s. 3d.; (b) over the past three months, £9,365 7s. 2d.

5.   The rates of allowance vary according to - (a) the amount paid for temporary accommodation; (b) the number of dependants; (c) the salary of the officer.

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