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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 379

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Will the Minister who represents the Prime Minister in this place ascertain the number of physically handicapped persons employed in the Commonwealth Public Service? Is special consideration given to facilitating the employment of such persons? If not, will thought be given to the establishment of generous and understanding criteria to determine the eligibility of physically handicapped persons for suitable employment in appropriate areas within the Public Service?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I cannot give the exact number. 1 know from my own experience that people in this category are employed in the Public Service. I have always made application in the past for employment for anyone in this category whom I may have had in mind. The only information I can give to the honourable senator is that a complete and comprehensive study of this matter was made by the Public Service Board. I think that it was back in 1971. It was published in the Public Service Boards report. If the honourable senator obtains a copy he may find ail the information he is seeking. If he has difficulty in obtaining a copy of the report I shall obtain one for him.

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