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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2286

Senator Withers asked the PostmasterGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   Which persons appointed since December 1972 from outside the Australian Public Service to Boards, Commissions, and Statutory Authorities under the PostmasterGeneral's responsibility are members of the Australian Labor Party or who, prior to the 1972 elections, publicly advocated the return of a Labor government.

(2)   What salary and allowances are paid to each such appointee.

(3)   What, if any, additional staff and facilities have been provided for each such appointee.

(4)   What was the cost of such staff and facilities in the years ending (a) 30 June 1973 and (b) 30 June 1974.

(5)   What is the estimated cost of such staff and facilities for the year ending 30 June 1 975.

Senator Bishop - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) to (5) I refer the honourable senator to the information provided by the Prime Minister in reply to Question No. 302 (Senate Hansard, 3 1 October 1 974, page 2 1 98 ).

Aboriginal Public Servants

Senator Cavanagh -On 30 October 1974 Senator Rae asked the following question, without notice:

My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Senator Murphy, in the absence of Senator Cavanagh. Is the Minister aware that some Aboriginal members of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs were not at work today? Is the Minister aware of rumours around Parliament House- if so, can he verify themthat there has been a lockout of those Aboriginal employees from that Department?

The answer to Senator Rae 's question is as follows:

All Aboriginal employees who did not turn up for work on Wednesday, 30 October, submitted leave forms in the normal manner. No Departmental officer was prevented from entering the office or working.

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