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Thursday, 24 February 1977
Page: 510


Mr Hodges (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister, representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is it a fact that under the present rules for unemployment benefit when a person leaves a job of his own accord, and without a good reason, the Department of Social Security has the power to suspend the benefit for a period of up to 6 weeks.

(2)   Is it also a fact that in the case of a person who is already in receipt of unemployment benefit and who has his benefit terminated because of his refusal to accept work or make himself available for work, he can immediately reapply and qualify for benefit on his new claim without even fulfilling a waiting period of 7 days because the refusal of work refers to his previous claim for benefit.

(3)   If so, will the Minister give consideration to amendments to the rules so that those who refuse work are treated in a similar way to those who terminate their unemployment of their own volition.


Mr Hunt - The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question.

(1)   Where a person voluntarily ceases work without good reason the date of commencement of unemployment benefit is postponed for six weeks.

(2)   Yes. However, the postponment provisions can be applied to the new claim if considered justified.

(3)   Not applicable in view of answer (2).

Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration (Question No. 2060)


Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has the Committee of Permanent Heads set up to advise the Government on the implementation of the Report of the Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration yet reported to the Government.

(2   ) On how many occasions has the Committee met.

(3)   When is it expected that the Committee will furnish its final Report.

(4)   Does the Government intend to table the Committee's Report.


Mr Malcolm Fraser - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) to (4) No special committee of Permanent Heads has been set up to advise the Government on the implementation of the Report of the Royal Commission on Australian Government Administration. The Permanent Heads' Committee of the Machinery of Government Committee of the Cabinet advises on aspects of the report as part of its work. On 9 December I made a statement in the House on the handling of the report and decisions taken to date. As I stated at that time, as the Government examination of the Royal Commission's recommendations progresses, there will be other reports to the Parliament concerning the decisions taken.







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