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Thursday, 12 October 1972
Page: 1497

Senator MULVIHILL - Will the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service institute an examination of the methods employed by mining companies in northern Australia to ascertain whether the type of accent in an applicant's speech determines his prospect of employment?

Senator WRIGHT - I know of no circumstances that would warrant my saying that a particular examination should be made of that matter. The Department is constantly informed of the circumstances of industrial relations in mining areas and if any irregularity or injustice is created in regard to conditions of employment the Department obviously takes notice of it as a matter of its ordinary duty. Unless there were special circumstances that the honourable senator advanced I would not think, on my present information, that any inquiry was warranted.

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