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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - The answer to the honorable gentleman's first question is, " Certainly, no ". The policy of the Commonwealth Public Service is to employ people with a disability wherever that is practicable, and departments pursue that policy as vigorously as they can. The answer to the second question is, " Yes ". Of course, in cases where these people have a special aptitude for a particular job, they do well, and the Department of Labour and National Service does its best to put them in positions to which they are most suited. I do not know the answer to the third question, but I certainly would not be prepared to say in answer to the fourth question that we would introduce legislation to compel people to do what we think their moral obligations will induce them to do anyhow.

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