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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4825

Mr Snedden asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) With reference to the answer to Question No. 203 (Hansard, 31 October 1974, page 3259) concerning the Government's promise to inform any person refused employment in the Public Service of the reasons for rejection, will he discuss with the Chairman of the Public Service Board the need to maintain records of persons refused employment or to adopt some system whereby it can be verified that each person, whose application for employment with the Public Service is not successful, is given a reason for his or her rejection.

(2   ) How are persons advised when they have been judged not eligible for appointment on citizenship or medical grounds or as a result of criminal convictions bearing directly on the duties of the vacancy.

(3)   What steps has he taken since 2 December 1972 to give effect to the promise of the present Minister for Labor and Immigration referred to in Question No. 203.

Mr Whitlam - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

I am advised that:

(   1 ) The retention and disposal of the papers of Australian Government departments is a matter of individual departmental administration, in consultation with the Australian Archives. Applications for permanent or temporary employment in the Australian Public Service are handled for recordskeeping purposes within this context.

In view of the volume of applications received and the extent of decentralised administration of employment, through the offices of the Public Service Board and the departments, a considerable amount of work would be involved in maintaining detailed records of unsuccessful applicants or in retrospectively checking all cases to verify thai unsuccessful applicants had been advised of the reasons for their failure to gain employment.

(2)   Persons whose eligibility is not accepted for appointment to the Australian Public Service on citizenship or medical grounds, or as a result of criminal convictions bearing directly on the duties of the vacancy, are advised by letter or interview.

(3)   As I said in my earlier answer to the right honourable member (Hansard, 31 October 1974, P. 3259), the present government has set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Intelligence and Security Services of the Australian Government, the terms of reference of which provide for recommendations to be made as to the procedures that should be introduced to permit review of administrative decisions affecting citizens which were, or may have been, based on reports of an adverse kind furnished by the security and intelligence services of the Government. The Royal Commission has invited submissions and is proceeding.

Migrants: Government Publications in Various Languages (Question No. 1718)

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many publications have been printed in the most widely used languages to provide information to help migrants in the work force.

(2)   What is the title of each publication.

(3   ) How many copies of each issue were printed.

(4)   How many copies were distributed.

(   5 ) Ho w are they distributed.

(6   ) What was the cost of each,

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am informed that the answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) and (2) For many years a range of booklets has been provided in 17 languages to inform prospective migrants overseas about living conditions in Australia. Migrants have been asked to study these booklets and to bring them to Australia, where copies are also available at offices of the Department of Labor and Immigration for further reference. The publications distributed to prospective migrants are: 'Australia' 'Assisted Passages to Australia ' 'Your Journey to Australia ' 'Customs and Quarantine in Australia' ' Migrant Accommodation in Australia ' 'Employment in Australia' ' Housing in Australia ' ' Education in Australia ' 'Health and Social Security in Australia' ' Wages, Prices and Taxes in Australia ' ' Health Insurance in Australia '

Newsletter, 'What's Happening in Australia?'

Three booklets- 'Australia', 'Employment in Australia', and 'Wages, Prices and Taxes in Australia'- give information on such matters as hours of work, pay scales, industrial arbitration, annual leave, workers' compensation, unemployment and sickness benefits and trade unions.

For distribution in Australia, a leaflet, 'English in Industry', has been produced to encourage employers to conduct English classes for employees in factories and other places of employment and to encourage migrant workers to join these classes.

A handbook, 'Tools of Trade', has been produced to help migrant tradesmen to identify the main tools of their trade. (3), (4), (5) and (6) Information on the total number and cost of each booklet printed and distributed in Britain and other migrant source countries in the past 26 years is not readily available.

However, in 1974-75, the estimated cost of printing information booklets in English for prospective migrants overseas is $130,000 and, in 16 other languages, $250,000. In addition, about $15,000 will be spent on printing booklets on opportunities in the professions in Australia.

Fifty thousand copies of the leaflet, 'English in Industry' were printed in 1974 at a cost of $831.71 and distributed widely in industry. The leaflet was printed in English. Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Italian, Serbo-Croat and Spanish.

Fifty thousand copies of the third- and current- edition of the handbook, 'Tools of Trade' were printed in 1971 at a cost of $8,000. The handbook was printed in English. Turkish, Greek, Italian, Serbo-Croat, French, German. Dutch and Spanish. Copies have been distributed overseas to migrant tradesmen before departure, to other migrant tradesmen in Australia and also have been used in English language instruction.

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