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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator BISHOP (South Australia) . - I wish to refer to a matter related to that raised by Senator Wright. I refer to the position of a national service trainee who on discharge from the Services cannot be employed in his former occupation. It may be that the trainee cannot be employed for reasons set out in clause 12. A trainee might return to his former employer and find that there have been changes in the employment available. I understand that the Department of Labour and National Service will try to find such a member of the Services a job or will retrain him. If the Department cannot do either, the serviceman will receive the unemployment benefit. This provision would apply also to a person such as one to whom the Minister for Works referred in earlier comment; that is, a person who had had no experience in employment.

The point is that something better than the unemployment benefit should be paid to a person who tries to return to his former occupation but finds that he is redundant or that his job had disappeared because of the collapse of the business. In fact, it could be argued that his defence pay should continue until he had been compensated by way of retraining or re-establishment. As I have said, this is related to the matter raised by Senator Wright and I again ask the Minister for Works for some information on this point.

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