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Wednesday, 27 February 1985
Page: 245

Senator FOREMAN —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Youth Affairs. In the report of the Kirby Committee to Review Productivity and Innovation Programs, which is considering labour market programs, it is stated that although the number of community youth support scheme projects now exceeds the number of Commonwealth Employment Service officers, the distribution of CYSS projects is inequitable. These people are very confused about their role and constantly anxious about their future. The report recommended that they be developed into a new Australian youth service. Can the Minister say whether the Government is considering an alternative to CYSS? If so, what form will it take and how will it be established?

Senator BUTTON —I am not able to comment fully on the detail requested by Senator Foreman. However, the Government is conducting a thorough examination of the recommendations of the Kirby report, including, particularly, the proposals for training and upgrading of training facilities and schemes. An announcement will be made about that in the not too distant future. I assume that the examination of the Kirby report will include an examination of some of the difficulties with CYSS projects to which Senator Foreman has averted in his question. I will seek further clarification from the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Youth Affairs and provide Senator Foreman with a more detailed answer as soon as I can.