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Friday, 5 June 1970

Mr ANTHONY - In answer lo questions from the honourable member and one of his colleagues I have already expressed my concern about the present situation of Commonwealth meat inspectors both in regard to the shortage of staff and the fact that this shortage has been brought about by conditions of work and wages. I have informed him that my department has been in consultation with the Public Service Board to do whatever it can to have the salaries increased and the conditions improved, lt is a matter for concern, and my department and I are doing ail we can to try to rectify the matter. But the answer is not a simple one. These men have to be trained. We are doing our utmost to recruit them and to hold them in the service.

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