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Thursday, 9 March 1961

Mr McMAHON - I am well aware of the trends both in registrations for employment and in the number of unfilled vacancies registered with the department. In fact, I keep myself informed daily of what is happening in Tasmania and in every other State. At the moment, figures are being compiled relating to employment and registrations for the month of February, and T hope to be able on Tuesday next to give the House a statement containing all available information, together with such comments as I can usefully make about trends.

As to my department, I believe that it is deserving of the warmest commendation for what it is doing to place people in employment. It did have a very busy time in February, but I think it can be said that most of the people who came to the department seeking employment were effectively placed. Nonetheless, I shall not attempt to state now in an incomplete form what T hope to be able to say on Tuesday.

As to general Government policy, one thing that can be well said is that the present re-deployment of labour will be for the benefit of Australia. Industries, some of them vital, such as the metal trades and the railways, are now, for the first time. getting employees that they could not get previously. To this extent, the adjustments taking place now will be in the nation's interests. I give the honorable member my assurance that I shall make a comprehensive statement on theFebruary figures next Tuesday.

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