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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4780

Mr King asked the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(   1 ) Under what criteria does an industry qualify to have its dismissed personnel paid on retrenchment basis.

(2)   What industries have been accepted as those who qualify for special retrenchment payments.

(   3 ) Have any industries applied for and been rejected for retrenchment payments; if so which ones.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) For a dismissed employee to qualify as eligible to receive income maintenance his retrenchment must have resulted directly from a structural change for which the Government had decided its structural adjustment assistance programme should apply and his former employer must provide him or her with a Statutory Declaration as to the reason for retrenchment.

(2)   The programme of structural adjustment assistance, including income maintenance, is at present available to firms adversely affected by and to individuals who lose their employment directly as a result of :

(   1 ) the 25 per cent tariff cut of July 1 973;

(2)   the reduction in tariffs on consumer electronic equipment and components, November 1973;

(3)   the reduction in tariffs on domestic appliances, January 1974;

(4)   the lining of tariff quotas on woven shirts and knitted outerwear, February 1974;

(5)   reduction in assistance to shipbuilding, December 1973;

(6)   dairying industry reconstruction;

(7)   the new plans for the passenger motor vehicle industry recently announced.

(3)   There is no provision in the structural adjustment assistance programme for industries to qualify for retrenchments payments. Firms adversely affected by any of the Government decisions mentioned above may qualify for adjustment assistance. Criteria of eligibility for firms are different to those governing eligibility of individuals. The programme of assistance to firms is at present administered by the Department of Manufacturing Industry. Information provided by that department indicates that as at 20 November 1974, 128 applications had been received from firms in the following industries:


Of those 128 applications, so far 7 have subsequently been withdrawn and 1 1 found to be ineligible.

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