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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 431

Dr Cass asked the Minister for Finance, upon notice, on 29 April 1980:

(   1 ) How many persons born overseas (indicating country of birth) are employed by his Department.

12)   How many of these persons are employed on a (a) tem porary and (b) permanent basis and in what classifications are they employed.

(3)   How many bi-lingual and multi-lingual staff members are employed by his Department in counter situations and/or in close contact with members of the public.

(4)   Does his Department have translating facilities; if so, (a) what languages are involved and (b) how many persons are working in the area and what are their classifications.

(5)   If his Department does not have interpreting and translating facilities, what arrangements are made for performing these tasks.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Collective statistics on employees' countries of birth are not maintained by my Department and I am not prepared to authorise the use of the extensive resources which would be involved in manually extracting the information required from appointment records.

(3)   None. The staff of my Department, because of the nature of the Department's functions, have only minimal across-the-counter or other close contact with the general public.

(4)   and (5) My Department does not have staff engaged full-time on translating duties. The linguistic capacities of staff members have usually been found adequate to meet the Department's limited requirements in this respect.

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