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Thursday, 24 February 1977

Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question, which is directed to the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, refers to Press reports to the effect that the Minister has experienced some delays in his efforts to increase the staff of the Commonwealth Employment Service in order to deal with the increased work load. I ask: Has the CES been subject to any staff cuts during 1976? Has the Minister made any requests for the augmentation of the CES staff? Did the Minister some few months ago ask for additional CES staff of a little over 100 people? When did he make that request? Has such request been granted and, if so, when? What was the reason for any delay between the making of that request and its implementation? Would the Minister be willing to lay on the table the departmental files in regard to this incident?

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