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NOTICES OF MOTION

Senator McLaren gave Notices of Motion as follows- No. 1-That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate expresses its grave concern at the misleading claims being made by the Liberal Premier of South Australia, Mr Tonkin, to the effect that his Government has created 22,100 jobs, which is contrary to the Australian Bureau of Statistics figures which indicate that: (a) over the twelve month period to June 1982 (the latest figures available) the total number of persons employed in South Australia fell by 3,400;

(b) this net fall of 3,400 in South Australia masks underlying trends in the local labour market because of the fact that, while the number of full-time jobs in South Australia fell by 6,900 in the twelve months to June 1982, there was a rise of 3,500 in part-time jobs;

(c) on careful study there has been a decline of 2,700 full-time jobs in South Australia since Mr Tonkin's election to office; and

(d) in June 1982 18.7 per cent of jobs in South Australia were part-time compared with the national figure of 16.4 per cent, putting South Australia in the position of being the most dependent State on part-time employment.

No. 2-That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate expresses its grave concern at the continuing unemployment problem in South Australia with : (a) average monthly unemployment in the State in the first seven months of 1982 being 47,200 compared with 44,800 in the first seven months of 1979, compared with the corresponding average monthly jobless rates of 7.5 per cent in 1979 and 7.8 per cent in 1982;

(b) the State having the highest unemployment rate in any mainland State for 31 consecutive months (from January 1980 onwards), all of them being under the Tonkin Liberal Government; and

(c) job vacancies for May 1982 being only 1,200 compared with the unemployment figure of over 40,000 for the same month.

No. 3-That, on the next day of sitting, he would move-That the Senate expresses its grave concern at the ever worsening economic situation in South Australia which is highlighted by the fact that: (a) since 1 January 1980, over three months after the election of the Tonkin Liberal Government, to July 1982 there have been 2,300 bankruptcies in the State which is equivalent to 3.5 bankruptcies for every working day since 1 January 1980; and

(b) this bankruptcy rate is twice the national average per capita, with South Australia having 18.5 per cent of the national figure and less than 9 per cent of the national population.