Cartoonists such as Sid Scales – who produced this 1953 cartoon – often treated spending in the prime minister’s office as fair game. While staffing did soar under Peter Fraser and Sid Holland (pictured below), most of the growth came from administering the Prime Minister’s Department and the Department of External Affairs together, after the latter had been separated out from the former in 1943.
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Cartoon by Sid Scales
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