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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4781

Mr Malcolm Fraser asked the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   What has happened to his proposal to establish facilities for trade union training.

(2   ) Has the proposal progressed.

(3)   Are the published reports, that he is already advertising for staff for such a facility, correct.

(4)   If so, what staff is he seeking.

(5)   Does he propose that courses be in a separate institute or that appropriate courses be introduced in existing educational institutes.

(6)   What proposals are currently under consideration for the National Council for Trade Union Training.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The Interim Committee of the Australian Council for Trade Union Training was established in November 1973. State Advisory Committees have also been formed in each State. The Committees have been meeting regularly and have developed programmes of trade union training at the national and State levels. Some 5 courses of an advanced nature have already been conducted at national level and some 62 courses conducted in the States.

(2   ) See answer to Question ( 1 ).

(3)   Yes.

(4)   Three staff are being sought to organise and conduct training programmes at the national level and 6 staff are being sought to conduct programmes in each of the States.

(5)   Trade union training centres are to be established at the national and State levels. However, it is likely that, as at present, some training courses will continue to be conducted within existing educational and training facilities.

(6)   An Australian Council for Union Training is to be established under the Trade Union Training Authority Bill which it is anticipated will be introduced into the Parliament early in 1975.

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