§ Mr. S. MITCHELL
asked the Minister of Labour if, in view of the fact that women who give up their work in order to marry are entitled to receive unemployment benefit after marriage if they apply, on the plea that work is not available in their particular trade, and in view of the need for economy, he will state what steps he proposes to take in the matter?
§ Mr. BETTERTON
Married women who apply for unemployment benefit must satisfy the statutory condition that they are genuinely seeking work but unable to obtain suitable employment. This condition applies to both standard and extended benefit, and the Insurance Officer, Court of Referees and the Umpire, when deciding whether the above condition is satisfied, require claimants to show that they are making active endeavours to obtain work. Further safeguards are provided as regards extended benefit by additional statutory conditions to ensure that all beneficiaries from the fund are genuine industrial units.