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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 1377

Senator DAVIDSON - I ask the

Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service whether his attention has been drawn to a reported statement by a vice president of the Aus.ralian Union of Students advising its members to apply for unemployment benefit if they cannot obtain work during the Christmas vacation. Will the Minister say whether unemployment benefit is for people who, for one reason or another, do not obtain vacation employment? If so, will this react to the disadvantage of school leavers and graduates who are seeking permanent employment? Will the Department inquire into this situation and appoint officers to assist in obtaining vacation employment for students?

Senator WRIGHT - The routine and ever continuing work of the Department of Labour and National Service is to assist in obtaining employment for school leavers, students and other people seeking employment. The conditions upon which unemployment benefit is available to students is a matter within the administration of my colleague, the Minister for Social Services, to whom I shall see the question is referred. It is most desirable that any definition of conditions of a case such as that to which the honourable senator referred should be precise and clear so that no misunderstanding could result from an impromptu answer given here without reference to the Minister.

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