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Thursday, 24 February 1977
Page: 523

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

What was the breakdown of Regional Employment Development Scheme expenditure in terms of ( a ) welfare facilities, (b) sport and recreation, (c) tourist facilities, (d) water reticulation, (e) major drainage, (f) kerbing, guttering, footpaving, minor drainage, (g) hospital and ancillary services, (h) servicing the RED Scheme and (i) other expenditure.

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

The breakdown of expenditure on the Regional Employment Development Scheme sought by the honourable member is not available, nor can it be made available without a significant and unacceptable diversion of staff resources in my Department. What is required is an examination of each of about 9000 projects to identify total expenditure on the project and decide to which of the several headings required by the question it should be allocated. I think the honourable member will agree that allocation of resources of this magnitude for this task in the present circumstances cannot be justified. However, I would be happy to make a computer printout, from which the information required by the honourable member could be extracted, available to him or his staff should he wish to undertake the task.

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