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Wednesday, 10 April 1957

Mr L R JOHNSON (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) son asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice -

1.   Are Commonwealth Employment Service facilities in the electoral division of Hughes considered to be adequate?

2.   What are the details of the service available in this electorate?

3.   Will he consider the provision of a permanent office at one of the centres between Sutherland and Cronulla?

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1 and 2. The adequacy of the Commonwealth Employment Service facilities in the electoral divi- sion of Hughes has been under continuous review for some time. The principal district office serving this area is located at Kogarah, some 3 miles north of the northern boundary of the electorate. However, in view of the developments in the Sutherland shire, a branch of the Kogarah office was opened at Caringbah, in February, 1956, on a three-days-a-week basis. The demand for the services of this office increased to the extent that it was decided to open the office on a full-time basis in July, 1956. Full Commonwealth Employment Service facilities are available at the Caringbah office both to employers and to those seeking employment. The present premises have now become inadequate and negotiations are at present in course to obtain more suitable premises in the near vicinity. In addition to the office at Caringbah, limited services are at present available on one day each week at Sutherland, though the need for continuation of this office is now being examined.

3.   See above.

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