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Tuesday, 17 October 1972
Page: 1579

Senator MULVIHILL (New South Wales) - 1 use this occasion to convey to the Minister for Works (Senator Wright) who in this chamber represents the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr Lynch) allegations which 1 have received from 4 residents of the north coast town of Lennox Head who claim that the rules for establishing eligibility for unemployment benefit seem to be unduly harsh. In essence they were told that work was available in Longreach, Brisbane or at the Broken Hill Pty Co. Ltd works at Whyalla. They were told that if they did not move on, irrespective of their economic situation, there would be no unemployment benefit for them. I do not propose to debate the issue. I shall give the Minister the 4 letters. I ask him to take this matter up because at this time lots of assertions have been made about the compilation of unemployment figures. 1 think it will be very educational to find out what the guidelines are in relation to eligibility for benefit on the north coast of New South Wales in circumstances like this. I leave the matter there.

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