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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3382


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

(1)   Against how many provisional promotions of overseas officers were appeals lodged by local officers in 1971 and how many appeals were successful (Hansard, 23rd April 1971, page 2033).

(2)   Against how many provisional promotions of local officers were appeals lodged by overseas officers in 1971 and how many appeals were successful.

(3)   What are the names and positions of the persons who heard the appeals.


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

(1)   139 local officers lodged appeals against the provisional promotions of 78 overseas officers. 4 of these appeals were successful

(2)   442 overseas officers lodged appeals against the provisional promotions of 52 local officers. 9 of these appeals were successful.

(3)   The appeals were heard by Promotions Appeal Committees, consisting of a Chairman and two members, established in accordance with Part IV, Division 4 of the Public Service (Papua New Guinea) Ordinance 1963-1971. During 1971 Mr J. B. Sullivan was the occupant of the office of Chairman of the standing Promotions Appeal Committee and was engaged full time on committee work. For part of the year a second Promotions Appeal Committee was established on a part-time basis to deal with a backlog of appeals and Mr F. E. Daveson, a senior officer of the Department of Education, was appointed Chairman pro tern of that committee. As required by the Public Service Ordinance the other members of both these committees represented the department concerned and the appropriate staff association. These two members would not be common for all appeal hearings conducted by the committees.

I mention for the information of the honourable member that the Public Service Ordinance was amended in March 1972 by the Public Service (Promotion and Recruitment Procedures) Ordinance 1971. The Ordinance now provides for appointments, promotions and transfers in the Public Service of Papua New Guinea to be dealt with by selection committees whose decisions are not subject to appeal by officers. The new system is designed to speed up localisation and incorporates procedures under which local officers can be advanced to positions at higher levels solely on the basis of their efficiency and without the requirement to win promotion in competition with overseas officers. (See also answer to question 5370).

Papua New Guinea Administration: Staff from Africa (Question No. 5733)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Administration of Papua New Guinea in 1971 engage further staff, including police, who were previously employed in African countries.

(2)   If so, in which countries were they employed and how many were employed in each country.

(3)   What are their present duties.


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

(1)   Yes but not for Police Force.

(2)   The countries and numbers involved are:

(a)   Zambia - 3

(b)   Libya- 1

(c)   Kenya- 2

(d)   Ethiopia - 1

(e)   Tanzania - 1

(f)   Malawi- 1

(g)   Congo- 1

(3)   The duties presently being performed by these employees are as follows:

(a)   Six Education Officers

(b)   Two Medical Officers

(c)   One Specialist Medical Officer

(d)   One Rural Development Officer

Papua New Guinea: Commonwealth Expenditure (Question No. 5739)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

External Territories, upon notice:

What expenditure was incurred by Commonwealth Departments and authorities in Papua New Guinea in 1970-71.


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

Expenditure incurred in Papua New Guinea in 1970-71 by Commonwealth Departments and authorities which receive financial support from the Commonwealth Budget is shown below:

 







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