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Thursday, 16 September 1971
Page: 1501

Mr Whitlam asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Is it possible to estimate how many Commonwealth employees with children at secondary schools are posted from one State to another in the course of any one year.

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

I have been advised by the Public Service Board that it would not be possible to furnish from its records the information which the honourable member wishes to have. The Board has also advised me that information of this nature would not be readily available in Commonwealth departments or instrumentalities, and that the only way to obtain it would be from the individual officers concerned. This would involve making persona] enquiries outside the scope of the direct responsibilities of departments and instrumentalities and would be an administrative project of considerable magnitude which 1 would be reluctant to authorise.

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