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Tuesday, 2 April 1957

Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice -

In view of his repeated assurances that the employment situation throughout Australia is satisfactory, will he undertake to have directed to existing vacancies, without delay, all men in the trade classifications of (a) painters, (b) plumbers, (c) bricklayers, (d) plasterers, (e) carpenters. (0 stonemasons, (g) electricians and (h) builders' labourers who report to the Commonwealth Employment Office nearest to their place of residence?

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

There is no power, nor if there were would this Government use it in peace-time, to direct people to particular jobs. The function of the Commonwealth Employment Service is to make known to applicants registered with it for employment vacancies recorded with or known to the Commonwealth Employment Service, for which they appear suitable; in short, to use its best endeavours to bring about the most satisfactory placements. There is, of course, no compulsion on applicants to accept jobs which are brought to their notice nor on employers to engage those who have been so referred.

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