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Friday, 12 September 1969


Mr ACTING SPEAKER -Order! The honourable member for Gellibrand has asked his question.


Mr BURY - I might say to the honourable member that I have noticed many occasions on which the governments are not tangled up. Certainly, the Commonwealth does not set out to manage, control and regulate the State instrumentalities of Vic toria or any other State. As far as the displacement of labour is concerned, the normal routine action will be taken and the problem which currently exists should be manageable against the present background of hyper-full employment. Our big problem at the moment is to find enough available people to fill all of the jobs that are offering.


Mr McIVOR (GELLIBRAND, VICTORIA) - These fellows take their homes on (heir backs and depart elsewhere, do they?


Mr ACTING SPEAKER -Order! 1 ask the House to come to order. When a question has been asked and the Minister is replying, interjections from both sides of the House should cease in order to give the Minister an opportunity to reply and so that honourable members can hear his reply.


Mr BURY - As the matter raised by the honourable member is essentially the business of the Government of Victoria, and it is its responsibility to look after labour when it is displaced in this manner as well as to attend to housing and so forth, I, naturally, am not briefed in detail on what arrangements have been made. I will inquire into the opportunities for the re-employment of the men who are displaced but I would think that without too much difficulty they could be fitted into other sections of the labour force where their services will be needed. I shall inquire into this matter. However, I shall not probe those matters which are the direct responsibility of the Victorian Government.







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