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Wednesday, 26 November 1980
Page: 27

Senator ARCHER (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for the Capital Territory. In view of the one major overriding industry of the Australian Capital Territory and the fact that at Estimates committee hearings the Department of the Capital Territory advised that there is a shortage of typists in the Australian Capital Territory with a turnover rate in typists of 35 per cent per annum, will the Minister undertake to ensure that the education system of the Territory be made aware of these matters and that typing be made an obligatory subject, at least for girls in secondary schools, so that unemployment may be somewhat relieved and students may achieve basic marketable skills for which a substantial demand reportedly exists in the area?

Senator MESSNER (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister Assisting the Treasurer) - I thank Senator Archer for his most interesting question. I will refer it to the Minister for an early reply.

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