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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3230


Mr Les McMahon (SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 16 April 1980:

(   1 ) What staff are available to Judges of the High Court of Australia.

(2   ) What wage is each staff member entitled to receive.

(3)   What was the cost of (a) air fares, (b) travelling allowance and (c) expense claims for each staff member in (i) 1978-79 and (ii) the period 1 July 1979 to31 March 1980.


Mr Viner -The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) The Chief Justice has an Associate (Class 7), two Personal Secretaries, and a Tipstaff, as his personal staff; each Justice other than the Chief Justice has an Associate (Class 6), a Personal Secretary, and a Tipstaff, as personal staff.

(2)   Associate Class 7-517,31 1-$18,347; Associate Class 6-$ 15,766-$ 16,799; Personal Secretary-$12,542-$13,21 1; Tipstaff-$ 10,309-$ 10,733.

(3)   (a) Air fares in respect of Associates cost $17,523 in 1978-79 and $17,053 in the period from 1 July 1979 to 31 March 1980. Air fares in respect of Personal Secretaries cost $9,7 1 6 and $ 1 1 ,2 1 4 in the above two periods; air fares in respect of Tipstaves cost $10,827 and $1 1,829 in the above two periods.

(b)   Travelling allowance in respect of Associates cost $26,239 in 1978-79 and $22,521 in the period from 1 July 1979 to 31 March 1980. In these two periods, travelling allowance in respect of Personal Secretaries cost $8,547 and $ 1 3,288 respectively, while travelling allowance iri respect of Tipstaves cost $ 1 4,826 and $ 1 8,454 respectively.

(c)   Other expenses totalled $53 in 1 978-79 and $ 1 73 in the period from 1 July 1979 to 31 March 1980, in respect of all personal staff.







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