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Thursday, 23 August 1973
Page: 398

Mr McLeay asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   How many commissions, committees, research groups, authorities and similar organisations have been established by Government Ministers since gaining office.

(2)   What are the names of these organisations, how many salaried positions are involved and what is the estimated cost to 30 June 1973 in each case.

(3)   How many special advisers and research officers have been appointed during the same period.

(4)   By which Ministers have these appointments been made.

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

(1)   and (2) As foreshadowed in my Election Policy Speech last November, the Government has established a wide range of commissions, committees, research groups and authorities to assist in the implementation of the Government's policies. This is a tangible illustration of the vigour with which we are implementing our mandate.

In my statement to the House on 31 May (Hansard pages 3002-300S) I listed commissions of inquiry, committees and task forces established by the Government. I also direct the honourable member's attention to Question No. 630 concerning committees and commissions of inquiry and, among other things, the classifications and salaries of the public servants who staff them. Costs brought to account in 1972-73 are included in the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1973- 74.

(3)   and (4) On the question of special advisers and research officers I have said, in reply to previous questions, that once Ministerial staff appointments had been completed I would make available to the House the details of the staff employed by each Minister and by Office holders of the nonGovernment Parties. This information will need to take account of the recent review of Ministerial staff arrangements undertaken by the Government in consultation with the Public Service Board but I would expect that my colleague, the Special Minister of State, who is now responsible for these matters will be able to provide details soon.

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