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Thursday, 23 August 1973
Page: 398

Mr McLeay asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   How many trade union leaders and officials of the Australian Labor Party has the Government appointed to paid positions on boards, commissions, advisory bodies, etc.

(2)   What are the dates and terms of the appointments and the names and qualifications of the appointees.

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

(1)   and (2) Appointments to boards, commissions, advisory bodies and the like have been drawn from many areas, including the judiciary, commerce, industry, primary industry, education, science and the arts a.> well as from trade unions and employers' organisations, on the basis of the experience and expertise of the persons concerned. No comprehensive records are kept of political affiliations or of whether appointees are union officials or officials in business or professional associations.

Appointments are normally reported in the Press and I am not prepared to initiate the additional inquiries that would be necessary to ascertain the personal information requested by the honourable member.

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