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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1409

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for the Environment and Conservation, upon notice:

(1)   Has he made a submission to Cabinet containing the proposal to establish a Bureau of Environmental Studies.

(2)   If so, has the submission been (a) accepted, (b) rejected or (c) deferred.

(3)   If he has not made such a submission, what are the considerations currently taking place to which he referred in answer to my question No. 837 (Hansard, 11 September 1973, page 824).

(4)   Has he invited public discussion of the proposal.

Br Cass - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Accepted.

(3)   See answer to (1).

(4)   The proposed Bureau was mentioned at various public meetings including the 1973 ANZAAS Conference in Perth and meetings at the Australian National University and Sydney University. The response from scientists has been most favourable.

Revocation of Anti-dumping Action: Norn CheddarCheese (Question No. 872)

Mr Nixon asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

Was the decision to revoke the Customs by-law prohibiting dumping of imported cheese, which was announced by the Minister for Customs and Excise, made by Cabinet.

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

No. The decision to revoke anti-dumping action on non cheddar cheese was made by the Minister for Customs and Excise under the powers vested in him by Section 17 of the Customs Tariff (Dumping and Subsidies) Act 1961-1965.

Department of Social Security: Special Projects Division (Question No. 879)

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Social

Security, upon notice:

(1)   What are the functions of the Special Projects Division of his Department.

(2)   How many permanent, temporary or exempt positions have been created or are proposed for the Division.

(3)   How many of these positions are intended to solely or partly service the Poverty Inquiry and the National Superannuation Inquiry.

(4)   Is it intended that the positions referred to in part (3) will be abolished or transferred to other Divisions of the Department when the two inquiries are completed.

(5)   If not, what will be the functions of these positions when the inquiries are completed.

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

(1)   The Special Projects Division services the Commission of Enquiry into Poverty, the National Superannuation Committee of Enquiry and theMedical Fees Tribunal. Positions were also created to initially service theHealth Insurance Planning Committee and they are currently assisting the Interim Executive of the Australian Health Insurance Commission. (2)Fifty-three positions have been created within the Division. These positions have been created under conditions which preclude action being taken to fill them on a permanent basis.

(3)   Thirty-seven (Poverty Enquiry- 32; National Superannuation Enquiry - 5).

(4)   The positions will be abolished when the two Enquiries have been completed.

(5)   Not applicable.

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