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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 2266

Mr Daly asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   What facilities, travelling expenses, staff, stamp allowance, telephones and other amenities have been provided to each Assistant Minister.

(2)   What sum in travelling allowance has been paid to each Assistant Minister to date.

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

(1)   Facilities approved for Assistant Ministers are:

(a)   actual travelling expenses, to a daily, limit, reimbursed for travel in connection with official duties undertaken on behalf of the Minister being assisted (for travel to and from Canberra to attend sittings of Parliament; Assistant Ministers receive the same rate of daily allowance as private Members);

(b)   use of official cars in connection with official duties;

(c)   postage stamps supplied for official mail;

(d)   telephone charges, including home telephone, met by the Commonwealth;

(e)   use of official travel warrants for wife's fares on those occasions when the Minister concerned considers that it is necessary for the Assistant Minister to be accompanied by his wife in the course of his official duties.

In addition, one Clerk/Stenographer position has been approved for the Assistant Ministers assisting the Prime Minister, the Postmaster-General and the Minister for Primary Industry.

(2)   Travelling expenses reimbursed to each Assistant Minister against claims made by him to the date shown, in respect of travel in his capacity as Assistant Minister were:


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