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Effort to find jobs for disabled staff of the good neighbour council



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M I N I S T E R - FOR A D M I N I S T R A T I V E S E R V I C E S

MI NISTER ASSISTING THE MI NISTER FOR D EF E N C E

FOR THE M E D I A ... ...... IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, Jan. 31, 197

The Federal Government is making a special effort to find

jobs for staff of the Good Neighbour Council as it is wound down, -contrary to recent criticism, the Minister for Administrative

Services, John McLeay, said today.

It was also untrue to claim the Government had drastically

reduced funding to the council over a period less than the two

years allowed for phasing-out the organisation.

"Last year the actual funding to the councils was

$1,350,000, this year the Government expects to spend $988,000

and next year $290,000, which is hardly a myth, as claimed," said Mr. McLeay. '

The special effort to find jobs for displaced staff

included assistance and advice from the Public Service Board,

and creation of a working party to help with administration and

placement of employees..

"The working party has conferred with Good Neighbour

executives in every State and Territory, obtained the support of

State Public Service Boards, local governments and the Commonwealth

Employment Service," said Mr. McLeay.

"It is unfair and untrue to say the Commonwealth has

drastically reduced funding and that it is not trying to find

jobs for displaced staff.

"There is no question of the Good Neighbour Council being

sacrificed by the Federal Government or of the Prime Minister

breaking a promise. ■ .

"Mr. Fraser said the Government would assist in the

re-deployment of staff and that is what we are doing, he said. .

In South Australia six people were still employed by

the council from a previous total of 14. '

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