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Monday, 10 September 1984
Page: 765

(Question No. 1068)

Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 23 August 1984:

(1) How many word processors, stenographers and typists are employed in the Minister's Department.

(2) As of 1 September 1984, how many such staff have been, or are, off work with repetition strain injury or suspected repetition strain injury.

Senator Button —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable's senator's question:

(1) 66 at 24 August 1984.

(2) 6 at 1 September 1984. Since October 1980 when the first repetition strain injury case was reported, 17 other staff have been affected but are no longer off work.