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Tuesday, 9 March 1971
Page: 752

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1) Does his answer to part (2) of Question No. 2235 (Hansard, 16th February 1971, page 119) mean that the Commonwealth Employment Service was satisfied (hat there were exceptional circumstances to justify the maximum age limit for applicants for jobs in NSK Manufacturing (Australia) Pty Ltd advertised on 3rd October 1970 for application through the Commonwealth Employment Office at Geelong.

(2) If so, what were the exceptional circumstances.

(3) If not, why did the Commonwealth Employment Office lend itself to arrangements made by N5K Manufacturing (Australia) Pty Ltd to stipulate the said age limit.

Mr Snedden The answer lo the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) No.

(3) The Commonwealth Employment Service brings to the attention of employers seeking to engage labour the most suitable of the persons seeking its assistance to obtain employment irrespective of any age limits that may be specified, but with- due regard to the duties of the position to be filled. When an advertisement is placed and paid for" by an employer, as 'was the case on the occasion referred to, responsibility foi" its. content rests wilh he employer who has' the right pf decision as to who shall be engaged. The Commonwealth Employment' Service; irrespective of any age preferences indicated, will refer to employers persons beyond those age. limits, it it is satisfied that they are .capable of performing the duties required. It did so in the instance quoted.

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