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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Mr Webb b asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice -

As his Department is currently advertising in Western Australia for private accommodation for overseas migrants, will he arrange for the establishment of more Commonwealth hostels?

Mr Bury - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows -

There is a strong demand for workers in Western Australia. The special efforts made to increase the inflow of migrant workers to help meet it have led to the Graylands Commonwealth hostel being subjected to some temporary strain. Hence the temporary arrangements to which the honorable gentleman has referred.

Plans are in hand to increase the capacity of the hostel by some 200 additional beds as quickly as possible. Other means of facilitating the flow of migrants are under discussion with the Western Australian authorities.

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