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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2700

Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Minerals and Energy, upon notice:

(1)   Which persons appointed since December 1972 from outside the Australian Public Service to Boards, Commissions and Statutory Authorities under the Minister's responsibility are members of the Australian Labor Party or who, prior to the 1972 election, publicly advocated the return of the 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 1 973 and ( b ) 30 June 1 974.

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

Senator Wriedt - The Minister for Minerals and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) to (5) As the Prime Minister indicated in his answer on 23 August 1974 (House of Representatives Hansard, page 1213) the Government does not know in each case what occupations were followed by Australian Labor Party candidates after the 1972 election. The same comment applies in respect of people who advocated the return of the Labor Government before that election.

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