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Wednesday, 25 February 1959

Mr McMAHON - As I have said, Mr. Speaker,, action is continually being taken by. the Government to deal not only with the problem of full employment but also with the problems of the expanded demand and. expanded development within the Australian community necessary to achieve full employment. The honorable gentleman will remember that in February last year, action was taken. Action was again taken in the Budget.

Mr Bryant - But the number of unemployed has grown since then.

Mr MCMAHON - On the contrary, the honorable gentleman's figures as to the increase in registrations for employment are not correct. The number by which applications for unemployment benefit increased in January of this year is much lower than the preceding January. In 1 958, it was about 6,000 and not 20,000. A fact which should be borne in mind is that the number of wage and- salary earners increased substantially from November, 1957, to November, 1958, by something like 28,000. In other words, the work force is continually expanding, and opportunities are being continually provided for the increasing number of wage and salary earners. I shall obtain a detailed reply to the honorable member's question and let him have it.

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