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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 565


Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Science and the Environment the following question, on notice, on 16 April 1980:

(1)   Was the originally planned number of staff for the Australian Institute of Marine Science 1 30; if so, have staff ceilings been lifted so that staff numbers can be raised to this level.

(2)   What is the present number of permanent staff at the Institute.

(3)   Were a further 8 positions for the Institute approved in March 1 979; if so, how quickly were these positions filled.

(4)   Were any additional scientific staff positions provided for 1 979-80; if so, how many.

(5)   Have any support staff been employed to assist the additional scientific staff; if so (a) what were they, (b) when were they employed and (c) what funds have been provided for this purpose.


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

(1   ) The Report of the Interim Council of the Australian Institute of Marine Science in July 1971 proposed that at the end of the established phase, the Institute should have a total staff of about 130. The facilities at Cape Ferguson were completed in June 1977 when the staff ceiling of the Institute was 60. Staff ceilings since 30 June 1977 have been:

 

(2)   At 30 June 1980 there were 66 permanent staff and 1 1 temporary staff at the Institute; a further 8 permanent positions are being transferred to the Department of Transport (see part 3).

(3)   Eight positions were approved in March 1979 specifically for staffing of the research vessel Lady Basten. These positions are being transferred to the Department of Transport which took over the operation of the Lady Basten from1 July 1979 and have been filled since then on a temporary basis.

(4)   Yes; 11.

(5)   The question of support staff is currently under consideration.







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