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Thursday, 23 March 1972
Page: 860

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Minister for Social Services, during the currency of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria dispute, state that unemployed members of any trade union involved in the dispute could be declared ineligible for unemployment benefits, irrespective of his State of domicile or usual industry occupation.

(2)   Has the Government any intention of applying such criteria in future.

(3)   Were any unemployed unionists not directly involved in the SEC dispute denied unemployed benefits because of their union membership.

Senator GREENWOOD - The Minister for Social Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question: (1), (2) and (3) The principles that have been followed since 1947 were applied in determining eligibility for unemployment benefit of persons who became unemployed as a result of the recent SEC dispute in Victoria. Members of the unions who sponsored this strike are ineligible for unemployment benefit for any period of unemployment resulting from that sponsorship. A statement was made to this effect.

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