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Wednesday, 13 May 1970

Mr LYNCH (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Minister Assisting the Treasurer) - My attention has been drawn to the article to which the honourable gentleman refers. I might say that the article was expansive in relation to the problems faced by the Thomas family but not in relation to the efforts made by officers of my Department and of the Department of Labour and National Service to solve these problems. The family was initially accommodated at a Commonwealth hostel in Sydney and subsequently made its own arrangements to move to Melbourne in order to take up accommodation with relatives in that city. In so doing the family placed itself outside the normal regulations governing the readmission of migrant families to Commonwealth hostels. The Melbourne accommodation to which it had moved proved to be unsatisfactory, and officers of my Department made arrangements for the family to move into alternative accommodation at a moderate cost. Efforts to find suitable employment for the husband are continuing, but at this stage the family's financial difficulties have not yet been solved. In view of this, arrangements have been made to admit the family, as a special case, to a Commonwealth hostel in cither Melbourne or Sydney to enable it to make better provision for its move into the general community. 1 might acid that my Department does everything possible to assist migrants in relation to the provision of suitable accommodation for them, and our efforts to assist the Thomas family will continue.

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