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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 3565

Mr BOURCHIER (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

(1)   How many (a) males and (b) females have been receiving unemployment benefits continuously during the last (i) 4 months, (ii) 3 months and (iii) 2 months.

(2)   Have there been repeated advertisements for labour, especially female labour, in the Bendigo area; if so, is the shortage of labour in Bendigo consistent with the figures provided in answer to part (1).

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Department of Social Security which compiles the statistics of unemployment benefits has provided the following most recent figures of the duration of receipt of unemployment benefit for the categories in which they are available in respect of (a) the area covered by the Bendigo Office of the CES and (b) Australia as a whole.


(2)   It is quite common for various categories of vacancies for labour to be advertised in the Bendigo area as elsewhere in Australia. Although there are unemployed persons in the area, as the figures in the above Table show, there is at the same time an unsatisfied demand for labour of the type and occupational skill .required by some employers. Having referred specifically to advertisements for 'female labour', the honourable member may be interested in the Government's campaign against discrimination in employment and occupation. Advertising vacancies as specifically for males or for females when there is no inherent job requirement justifying this is a practice which should be discontinued. The National Committee on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation which I set up in May this year is currently developing guidelines for eliminating discrimination from job advertisements.

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