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Tuesday, 18 April 1961

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - I cannot give precise figures along the lines mentioned by the honorable member; but I can say that the meat killing season is now open in Queensland, and one would expect that large numbers of persons would from now on become employed in most of the meatworks thoroughout Queensland. Secondly, the sugar season will open shortly and large numbers of persons will be employed in that industry, both for cutting and refining. So, Sir, without being quite as dogmatic as the honorable gentleman, I think it can be well said that in normal circumstances one could expect quite a substantial drop in the number of those registered for employment in Queensland this month a"d next month.

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