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Thursday, 2 December 1976


Mr James asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice:

(1)   How many persons in Tasmania were required to refund to the Commonwealth moneys paid to them under the Regional Employment Development Scheme.

(2)   What are their names, and what are the sums involved in each case.

(3)   Against how many persons were charges laid in respect of moneys fraudulently claimed under the Regional Employment Development Scheme.


Mr Street - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) and (2) The Red Scheme dealt with organisations not persons. Thirty sponsors in Tasmania were required to refund to the Commonwealth moneys paid to their organisations under REDS. These were:

 

(3)   None. The circumstances prompting the requirement to refund monies included overpayments to sponsors in relation to approved grants which were completed without the sponsor qualifying for the amount of the grant already advanced, or payments of advances to sponsors in relation to projects for which it was subsequently necessary to withdraw approval in order to contain the Scheme within its approved 1975-76 Budget expenditure. No question of fraud was involved.







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