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Tuesday, 17 October 1972
Page: 1583

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts, upon notice:

(1)   Was Mrs Patricia June Eatock summarily dismissed from the Commonwealth Gazette Office of the Department of the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts at 4.51 p.m. on Friday, 18th August 1972.

(2)   Was Mrs Eatock transferred without notice from the position of Switchboard Attendant in the Office of Aboriginal Affairs to the Gazette Office on 14th July 1972, and was that the same day that she spoke at a Black Moratorium meeting.

(3)   Was Mrs Eatock dismissed from the position with the Office of Aboriginal Affairs at the personal instigation of the Minister; if so will the Minister investigate this case immediately with a view to restoring Mrs Eatock to her former position as she was informed that, as a temporary employee, she has no right of appeal against the decision to dispense withher services.

SenatorGREENWOOD- The Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   My Department has advised that by notice on 18th August 1972 the services of Mrs Eatock, a temporary employee, were dispensed with under Section 82 (6) of the Public Service Act 1922-1972, with effect from 4.51 on 18th August 1972.

(2)   My Department has advised that on 14th July 1972 a permanent officer who had been appointed to the position temporarily occupied by Mrs Eatock, commenced duty and that arrangements were then made to employ Mrs Eatock in a temporary capacity in a position of the same classification in another section of the Department.

(3)   No.

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