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Keith Grainger interviewed by Mel Pratt for the Mel Pratt collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 719608
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Grainger, Keith Elphinston, 1903-, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1976 Mar. 8 
1 tape reels : 1 7/8 ips., mono. ; 5 in. 
Series

Mel Pratt collection.

Summary

Keith Grainger, former Commissioner of Commonwealth Public Service, discusses his early employment in the NSW Public Service; A.B. Piddington; NSW Public Service Board and industrial relations; adult education; Salaries Reduction Act; Roland Wilson; J.T. Pinner; move to Commonwealth Public Service; Dept. of Customs and Excise review; Organisation and Method investigations; Public Service growth; Australia House; levels of permanent heads; Don Anderson; Albert Monk; trade union movement; ACOA; Sir William Dunk; Customs queries; transfer of the Public Service to Canberra; classification of jobs and salary levels in the ACT; Frederick Wheeler; demands on the Chairman of the Board; delegation of the Board's responsibilities; failure to perform satisfactorily as a permanent head; appointment and mobility of permanent heads; professionals as permanent heads; training; ministerial control of departments; powers of permanent heads; removal of permanent heads; boards and commissions; Coombes Commission; criticisms by the public of public servants; Canberra Technical College Advisory Council; Rotary.

Biography/History

Keith Grainger served in the New South Wales Public Service for 27 years. In 1948 he joined the Commonwealth Public Service and was the Commissioner of the Commonwealth Public Service Board from 1953-1968.

Notes

Recorded at his home in Canberra.

Also available online at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.oh-vn719608

Subjects Grainger, Keith Elphinston, - 1903- - Interviews.  |  Commonwealth Public Service Board (Australia)  |  Public officers - Interviews  |  Civil service - Australia.
Other authors/contributors Pratt, Mel, Interviewer

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