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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Mr SCHOLES (CORIO, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Primary Industry. I ask: Is 'the Minister aware of the extreme dis content among meat inspectors in Australian meat works who claim that lack of meal breaks, inability to obtain regular annual leave and other considerable disabilities, including a serious pay disparity with other persons working in meat works, are causing a serious lack of applicants for training in the positions of meat inspectors from persons likely to complete the course? Also, is he aware that only 1 in 5 of those who begin the course complete such training? As these are Commonwealth employees, will the Minister look into improving the pay and conditions of meat inspectors, providing them with the opportunity to take their annual leave and also allowing them permanency of employment under the same conditions as other Public Servants?

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