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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

The following answers to questions were circulated: -

Commonwealth Investigation Service.

Mr Whitlam asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   What was the amount of deposits with the eight major trading banks at the end of each of the last four financial years?

2.   What was the amount of outstanding loans by these banks at the end of each of these years?

3.   Does he know the amount of capital called up, and the value of securities issued at these dates by companies which finance the sale of goods by retail but do not retail goods themselves; if so, what was the (a) amount and (b) value?

4.   What was the amount of balances outstanding in respect of hire-purchase agreements made by finance companies atthese dates?


3.   Particulars of the capital structure of finance companies have not been compiled by the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics.

4.   The balances outstanding (including hiring charges and insurance) in respect of retail hirepurchase agreements, entered into by businesses which do not retail goods themselves, at the end of June in each of the last four years were: -


Unemployment at Wollongong.

Mr Kearney (CUNNINGHAM, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice -

1.   Are the figures correct which are released periodically by his department in respect of the administration of the Wollongong office of the Commonwealth Employment Service in relation to the numbers of people who are unemployed or in receipt of unemployment benefit, and the number of unfilled vacancies?

2.   Do the figures covering the past twelve-months reveal that the numbers of females shown as unemployed display a. marked consistency which indicates that there exists a permanent pool of unemployed females in Wollongong and district?

3.   Is about half of the total unemployed dependent upon unemployment benefit in order to live?

4.   Has the Government in mind any plan which will result in the establishment of a new industry in the Wollongong area capable of providing employment for the unemployed females residing in the district; if so, what are the details of the plan?

5.   How does the number of unemployed females in Wollongong and district compare with the average in other principal Australian cities?

6.   What are the figures upon which this comparison is based?

Mr Ward asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   How many members of the armed services have lost their lives in the course of their duties in each year since the termination of World War II., in 1945?

2.   What is the estimate of what it would have cost to have placed a headstone over the grave of each of these servicemen?

3.   What is the reason for the Government's continued refusal to alter the existing and past practice by accepting responsibility for the cost of transporting the deceased serviceman's body to his home address if this should be desired by his next of kin, and for putting the grave in order, including provision for a headstone and its future maintenance?

4.   What has been the total amount paid in compensation by the Commonwealth to the dependants of service personnel who lost their lives since the termination of World War II.?

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