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Tuesday, 13 March 1973
Page: 534

Mr Snedden asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   What was the total number of Ministerial staff

(a)   approved and (b) employed in (i) clerical and (if) stenographic categories on (A) 30th September 1972,

(b)   1st January 1973, (Q 15th January 1973, (D) 1st February 1973 and (E) 15th February 1973.

(2)   What staff was (a) approved for and (b) employed by each Minister on each of the above dates.

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) I have approved the following basic staff establishment for each Minister.

One Private Secretary

One Press Secretary

One Adviser/Research Officer

Two Assistant Private Secretaries

One Steno-Secretary, Grade 1 and

One Secretary-Typist

Any variation from this basic establishment requires my personal approval.

Ministers are still making appointments, within their establishments, to their personal staff. When these appointments have been completed, I shall make available to the Right Honourable Member and to the House details of the staff employed by each Minister and by office holders of the non-Government parties.

Information about ministerial staff under the previous Government is available in Hansard for 27th April 1972 (pages 2182-2185).

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