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Thursday, 10 October 1996
Page: 5265

(Question No. 660)

Mr Fitzgibbon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 11 September 1996:

What is the Government's intentions with regard to the Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Singleton and Muswellbrook offices of the Minister's department.

Mr Ruddock —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Department of Social Security intends to continue to operate its offices at Cessnock and Muswellbrook for the foreseeable future.

The Department's offices at Kurri Kurri and Singleton are part time visiting services reflecting the lesser demand for Departmental services in these towns. Visiting Services are reviewed regularly in accordance with customer demand.