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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1117

Senator MISSEN (VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration. I refer to complaints made by private employment agencies operating in new and growing outer suburbs of Melbourne about the refusal of officers of Commonwealth migrant hostels to facilitate or even to allow such agencies to bring to the notice of migrants avenues for suitable employment and particular known vacancies. In view of the serious current employment situation I ask: Are such hostel officers acting under departmental instructions in refusing that co-operation? Does the Government resent the operation of private agencies in the employment field? Are not newcomers to this country entitled to all the information possible in regard to employment and housing from both government and private sources?

Senator BISHOP -This is the first time I have heard the case related by the honourable senator. I will make inquiries of the Minister. If the honourable senator has any particular information relating to the location of such cases I would be glad if he would pass it on to me so that I can ask the Minister about it.

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