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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 386


Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question to the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate follows on the questions asked by Senator Dame Nancy Buttfield and Senator Laucke concerning handicapped persons and their employment in the Commonwealth Public Service. Is it a fact that the relatively high medical and efficiency standards applied by the Department of Health and the Commonwealth Public Service Board restrict Commonwealth employment as an avenue of useful work for handicapped persons and that these standards do not apply in respect of private employment? Will the Minister refer to the appropriate departments the need for revising these standards to ensure that the Government's policy of promoting the employment of handicapped persons is related to Commonwealth employment avenues?


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I know that there are some restrictions because I have encountered them in my own representations in the past.


Senator Cavanagh - They are in respect of superannuation requirements.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Yes. I will seek further information. To obtain a proper answer to the question, the honourable senator may care to place it on notice. .







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