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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 3306

Mr Uren asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   How many persons are employed in the Commonwealth Grants Commission.

(2)   What positions do they hold and what are their qualifications in each case.

(3)   Has his attention been drawn to proposals by the Australian Labor Party that the staff of the Grants Commission should be expanded by the employment of more highly qualified personnel to enable the Commission to deal with increased applications for Commonwealth assistance.

(4)   If so, what consideration has the Government given to these proposals.

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

(1)   and (2) 1 am informed that currently eleven persons are employed by the Commonwealth Grants Commission, four of whom occupy positions of a junior clerical or typing nature. The occupants of the other seven position were all regarded as suitably qualified when selected for the staff of the Commission.

(3)   and (4) 1 am not aware of any specific proposals. I understand that the Leader of the Opposition and other Members of his Party have in general terms suggested the widening of the functions and responsibilities of the Grants Commission but so far as I am aware without being clear as to the implications for the staffing of the Commission.

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