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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 433

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

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

(2)   How many of these persons are employed on a (a) temporary 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 classi fications.

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

Mr Newman - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Information on the countries of birth of employees of my Department is not available on a collective basis.

(3)   None.

(4)   and (3) My Department does not have interpreting and translating facilities as such but many members of staff are fluent in foreign languages and assist with interpreting and translating where the need arises. The services of the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs are also utilised, as appropriate.

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