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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3037

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   Did he state that in some segments of industry the apprentice turn-off is 30 per cent less than the requirements of industry.

(2)   If so, in which segments of industry is this the case.

(3)   Does he intend to supplement any shortfall in apprentice turn-off by overseas recruitment.

Mr Grassby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) In a statement on 28 December 1972, I said the flow of skilled migrant workers, for whom there was an existing demand in Australian industry would be fully sustained now and in the future.* 1 also said: 'Immigration had played a significant part in the supply of essential workers to industry over the year'.

A good example was the metal trades industry. In 1971 of 15,000 new entrants to the metal trades workforce, over 5,000 were migrants predominantly from Britain, Italy, Yugoslavia and Germany.

This statement is still valid.

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