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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 171

Mr James (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 26 September1979:

Have any senior officers of his Department accepted free travel or concessional rates from shipping or airline companies in the last two years.

Mr Macphee (BALACLAVA, VICTORIA) (Minister Assisting the Treasurer) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I have interpreted 'senior officers' as referring to 'Second Division officers'. I am advised that the Chief Migration Officer stationed in London was given permission to accept an offer from an airline of a trip to Australia on an inaugural flight in July1979. That is not an unusual arrangement, and provided a good opportunity for useful consultations. Available information and specific inquiries have not revealed any other instances of free or concessional travel by my Department's Second Division officers.

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