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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 419

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 1 6 April 1 980:

(1)   Is he able to indicate what are the (a) names and (b) salaries of the staff employed to service the 16 Government Members committees in the Commonwealth Parliament.

(2)   Is special stationery provided for these committees; if so, what is its cost.

(3)   What other support services are available for the committees.

(4)   Are Opposition committees entitled to either (a) special staff, (b) special stationery or (c) other support services.

Mr John McLeay (BOOTHBY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The names and salaries of staff employed to service the Government members committees are:

Name Salary

MrA.Foster......... 12,542-13,211

Vacant........... 10,184-10,685

Mrs J Gordon ......... 10,184-10,685

MrsJ. Kiermaier........ 10,184-10,685

Mrs H Anderson

Note: The above positions carry no entitlement to travel, and overtime payments are restricted to extra duty during Parliamentary sitting weeks.

(2)   The Government Members Committees Support Secretariat is provided with its own stationery. The initial supply of stationery, including special letterhead was, it is understood, provided by the Department of the House of Representatives and the cost is not known by my Department. My Department, however, has supplied the following items of stationery to the Secretariat:

1978- 79

Self-adhesive labels General stationery

1979- 80

5,000 envelopes 6,000 envelopes 6 reams letterhead General stationery

67.00 210.81

119.79 261.00 89.00 418.86


888.65 1,166.46

In addition to the above expenditure, an order is currently being processed for the provision of 10,000 envelopes at an estimated cost of $375.00.

(3)   My Department provides accommodation, office furniture and equipment and essential office services to the Secretariat and also provides car transport for staff between the Secretariat and Parliament House.

(4)   At the same time that it decided to approve five staff positions for the support of the Government Members Committees, the Government approved ten additional positions for the Opposition Party: four at the Assistant Private Secretary level ($12,542-13,21 1) and six at the Steno-Secretary Grade 1 level ($10,184-10,685). The Prime Minister stated at that time that it was for the Leader of the Opposition to decide how the total staff available to the Opposition was to be allocated, including to shadow Ministers and party committees. The ten positions were all allocated by the Leader of the Opposition to Shadow Ministers. The positions carry an unrestricted entitlement to travel within Australia at official expense at the direction of the relevant shadow Ministers and overtime is payable. The staff concerned have access to normal office facilities and requisites, including stationery.

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