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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2231

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service: In view of the statement of the Attorney-General on the difficulties of filling vacancies for industrial commissioners as reported by Sir Richard Kirby in 1970, what efforts have been made by the Department of Labour and National Service since August 1970 to fill the vacancies? Were public advertisements placed for applicants? If so, in which media of information were they inserted? Over the period of 2 years have any applications been received for appointment as commissioner which have been unsuccessful? In view of the difficulties in attracting suitable people at the present salary level, as stated during the debate on the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill, will the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission in the immediate future have to operate with either a shortage of commissioners or with unsuitable personnel?

Senator WRIGHT - The last 2 suggestions of the honourable senator can be completely dismissed. As the honourable senator's question asks for detailed information, obviously it will require reference to the Department. That will be done and the detailed information supplied.

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