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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1693

Mr SCHOLES (Corio) (12:27 PM) - I want to raise with the Minister a matter 1 raised a few minutes ago. He said that he would examine the rights to employment in the Commonwealth Public Service of a person imprisoned under the Act. If the Minister finds the situation is as stated - that persons are debarred from joining the Commonwealth Public Service and other services - will he undertake to introduce amendments to the Act which would remove this continuing penalty against the very small number of persons who have been incarcerated and ensure that their penalties are for the period specified and not for the life of the person concerned. This is a serious matter if the situation is in fact as it appears to be. I believe that no government could justify a situation in which it denies forever the rights of these persons to employment in the Commonwealth Public Service or in other areas because of their criminal record. Will the Minister give this undertaking because I think it is a serious matter and one that should be given deep consideration.

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