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Tuesday, 27 October 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   What are the names, qualifications and positions of the persons who have previously constituted and who now constitute the Papua and New Guinea Electricity Commission.

(2)   How many (a) indigenes and (b) expatriates are (i) employed and (ii) housed by the Commission.

(3)   What are the (a) highest, (b) lowest and (c) average salaries and allowances paid by the Commission to its (i) indigenous and (ii) expatriate employees.

(4)   How many (a) indigenous and (b) expatriate students and apprentices are sponsored by the Commission in (i) the Territory of Papua and New Guinea and (ii) Australia.

Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The names, qualifications and positions of the persons who now constitute the Papua and New Guinea Electricity Commission are:

Commissioner -

J.   A. Y. Rutter, M.B.E., F.I.E. Aust.

Associate Commissioners -

J.   K.Dowling, Company Director

W.   H. Johns, Manager and Company Director

H.   L. R. Niall, C.B.E., Company Director

J.   E. Ritchie, B.Comm., Departmental Head,

Department of the Treasury, and Treasurer.

With the exception of Mr Ritchie these persons were first appointed when the Commission was established in 1962. Mr Ritchie succeededH. H. Reeve, F.A.S.A., F.R.I.P.A., Assistant Administrator (Economic Affairs) in 1965.

(2)   Employment and housing asat 23rd September 1970:


(3)   The salaries and allowances paid to staff of the Electricity Commission are generally in line with those paid to officers and employees of the Public Service. The total remuneration of expatriate officers includes an overseas allowance to bring their remuneration to a level comparable with that payable for corresponding kinds of work in Aus- allowances paid to adult male indigenous and tralia, plus a Territory allowance. Salaries and expatriate officers as at 23rd September 1970 were:


(4)   At 31st August 1970 there were 522 indigenous staff who were undergoing training sponsored by the Commission. There are no expatriate staff being sponsored by the Commission. The following indicates the courses being undertaken and the numbers of indigenes involved-

(i)   At Territory training Institutions - 30 students at first-year commerce studies 385 apprentices (electrical, diesel and other trade courses) 46 trainees at commercial and technical certificate courses 56 cadets undertaking degree and diploma courses.

(ii)   In Australia- 4 tradesmen 1 cadet undertaking a degree course.

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