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Thursday, 2 December 1976

Mr STREET (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) (Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Public Service Matters) -Yes, I am aware ofthe matter to which the honourable gentleman refers. My Department in Sydney has been investigating aspects of the payment of unemployment benefits with which it is concerned. As a result of those investigations the Commonwealth Police were asked to make further inquiries. As a consequence of those inquiries charges have been laid against an officer of my Department in Sydney, and the police are continuing their inquiries. My Department has already taken action in Sydney to reconcile the records kept by the Department of Social Security involving the issuing of unemployment benefit cheques with the records kept by the Commonwealth Employment Service. I have asked my Department to investigate as a matter of urgency what other checks and safeguards may be needed to be introduced in this matter.

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