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Monday, 22 October 1973
Page: 2403

Dr GUN (KINGSTON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister for Social Security noted recent Press reports in Adelaide concerning allegations by the President of the Federal Wine and Grape Growers. Council of Australia that some people were approaching prospective employers in the industry asking them to declare falsely that work was unavailable in order that unemployment benefits could continue to be paid? Has he had the opportunity to investigate these allegations and, if so, what truth is there in them?

Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Social Security) - Following the reports which appeared in the newspaper this matter has been investigated. The Department of Social Security advises that as far as it can establish there is no substance in the reports at all so far as it is concerned. In fact, the Assistant Director of the Employment Section of the Department of Labour in Adelaide says that from the period December 1972 to March 1973 - the grape harvesting season - only one person was receiving unemployment benefit. There seems to have been some sort of error of one kind or another on the part of Mr A. D. Preece who has been making these statements for the Federal Wine and Grape Growers Council of Australia.

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