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Thursday, 14 September 1972
Page: 816


Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service. Is he alarmed by the prediction of the Victorian Chamber of the Manufactures that another 250,000 people could lose their jobs within the next year because of technological advances in industry? Will he state what steps the Department of Labour and National Service intends to take to combat the growing effect of automation on job availability or is the Government now reconciled to having a permanent hard core of unemployment of over 100,000?


Senator WRIGHT - Prudence would dictate that only the last part of that question should be answered impromtu by saying that that comment is silly. The other part of the question contains a serious request for an account of the degree to which the technological change will displace human labour. That deserves a careful statement from the Department of Labour and National Service and the Minister. I will obtain that promptly.







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