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Thursday, 4 May 1961

Mr GALVIN (KINGSTON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct to the Prime Minister a question which is supplementary to that asked by the honorable member for Bowman. I ask the right honorable gentleman: Is he aware that physically handicapped persons trained for rehabilitation by the Department of Social Services are unable to obtain permanent employment in the Commonwealth Public Service, and that the only employment open to them is in private enterprise in positions in which there are only limited opportunities? As it is more than two years since the Boyer report on Public Service recruitment recommended a method of offering permanent employment in the Public Service to physically handicapped people, and as the Public Service Act has been amended since that recommendation was made, are we to understand that the Government has no intention of amending the act in order to permit permanent employment in the Public

Service to be offered to physically handicapped persons?

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