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Wednesday, 10 May 1961

Mr COSTA (BANKS, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Social Services a question regarding the 82,000 persons unemployed in Australia, the number stated by the Minister for Labour and National Service recently. Is it a fact that the relief payment to these unfortunate people, which is a mere pittance, is costing the Australian taxpayer £10,000,000 per annum? Would it not be more sensible to spend this money on some national development that would absorb these people in gainful employment and spare them the embarrassment of receiving an inadequate hand-out? If the Minister is unable to do this, will he use his good offices to convince the Government that it should cease its present credit-squeeze policy which is keeping 82,000 people out of employment and is increasing the number daily?

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