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Wednesday, 30 May 1973
Page: 2923

Dr Forbes asked the Minister for Immigra tion, upon notice:

In what way does the on-call 24-hour telephone Interpreter service for urgent community needs, announced, by him as an initiative of his Government, differ from the proposal on the same subject announced by the previous Minister on 31 August 1972.

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

The service does not differ from the proposal announced by the previous Minister in his statement to Parliament on 31 August 1972 and which was first mentioned formally in Departmental files in February 1972. In my statement to the press on 16 February 1973I gave details of the new service and announced that I would open it at the Melbourne office of my Department on 19 February 1973 which I did.

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