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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
Page: 742

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is complementary to the one asked by Senator McManus. I ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Army whether, when he is obtaining information for Senator McManus, he will obtain the following information for me: Did the Minister for the Army recently make a public statement that half of the 130,000 unemployed people in this country 'would not work in an iron lung'? I point out that many unemployed people in the Federal division of Kennedy have complained to me, and in spite of continued researching they are nol able to find employment in this depressed area. Will the Minister request the honourable member for Kennedy and the Minister for the Army to use less offensive language in future when referring to the unemployed of this country?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I do not think that I have any requirement to ask the Minister for the Army for that sort of information.

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