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Tuesday, 30 November 1976
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Mr Lloyd (MURRAY, VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry and Commerce, upon notice:

(1)   What steps are being taken by the Department of Industry and Commerce to assist cheese manufacturers to obtain protection from the allegedly unfair cheese imports from New Zealand and from a number of other countries.

(2)   What role does the Department of Industry and Commerce or the Minister have in any decision on cheese imports (a) from New Zealand, (b) from other countries with the Temporary Assistance Authority or the Industries Assistance Commission or (c) from all countries with regard to dumping.

Mr Howard -The Minister for Industry and Commerce has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   and (2) The Department of Industry and Commerce has received representations from some manufacturers requesting increased tariff protection against imports of Edam and Gouda cheese.

The Department is seeking the views of the industry on whether there is support for the representations received. If this support is forthcoming the industry will be contacted to obtain data necessary to determine whether a prima facie case exists for reference to either the Industries Assistance Commission or Temporary Assistance Authority.

The Department will submit to me a report on the outcome of its inquiries and a decision then will be made on whether a reference should be sent on the question of additional assistance for the industry.

In response to references received the Industries Assistance Commission or the Temporary Assistance Authority reports on the question of whether additional assistance should be accorded against imports from all sources, including New Zealand. Decisions are then taken by the Government in the light of recommendations made in these reports, taking into account Australia's international commitments including those under the NAFTA.

Responsibility for the administration of the anti-dumping legislation rests with the Minister for Business and Consumer were circulated:

Affairs. The Department of Business and Consumer Affairs is currently investigating a request for anti-dumping action against imports of Edam and Gouda cheese from New Zealand.

Development of Uranium Deposits at Alligator River (Question No. 1156)

Mr Morris (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for National Resources, upon notice:

(   1 ) With reference to the statement appearing on page 59 of the Bureau of Transport Economies' report on the provision of general cargo facilities at Port Darwin, that it seems certain that uranium deposits known to exist in the Alligator River region of the Northern Territory, about 300 kilometres east of Darwin, will be developed in the foreseeable future and that initially, at least, raw materials for processing this ore will have to be imported through Darwin, what is the basis for this statement.

(2   ) Did the statementexpress the attitude of the Government at the time the report was prepared.

(3)   Has he had discussions with the Minister for the Northern Territory on the implementation of the report's recommendations; if so, what was the result.

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

(1)   The Bureau of Transport Economics' report referred to was published in October 1975 and was the result of a study arranged by the Minister for Transport in the previous Government. The statement at page 59 is a comment expressed by the writers of that report.

(2)   As the report was submitted in October 1975 during the period in office of the Labor Government, I am unable to comment.

(3)   No.

Figures for Registered Unemployed from September 1975 (Question No. 1185)

Mr Les McMahon (SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice:

(1)   How many (a) males and (b) females who were (i) qualified in a trade, (ii) apprentices, (iii) unskilled persons and (iv) professional people aged (A) 16 to 25 years, (B) 26 to 45 and (C) 46 years and over, were registered as unemployed for each month from September 1975.

(2   ) What was the proportion of persons in each category.

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

(l)   and (2) Commonwealth Employment Service Statistics are not collected in a form which allows information on the number of unemployed persons to be provided in the age groupings specified by the honourable member. The categories available permit data to be provided on the number of persons under 2 1 and the number of persons 2 1 years of age and over.

It is also not possible to identify qualified persons and apprentices. However, some data are available on persons registered for skilled employment. Of these, it should be realised that some adult applicants registered could be apprentices over the age of21, some junior applicants registered could be qualified tradesmen under the age of 21, while other junior applicants registered could be seeking an apprenticeship but not yet indentured.

In addition, not all unskilled persons can be identified from the statistics. The occupational categories listed include Unskilled Manual' but there are also categories of 'Rural' and 'Service Occupations', both of which could include many unskilled jobs..

In like manner, the category 'Professional and Semiprofessional ' cannot be taken to include only occupations for which professional qualifications are required as this category may include technician-type occupations.

Subject to the above, the following table shows the numbers of unemployed adult and junior males and adult and junior females registered for employment in Skilled, Unskilled Manual, Professional and Semi-professional occu- pations in Australia for each month from end-September 1 975 to end-October 1976.

The figures shown in the columns 'per cent' represent the proportion of total registered unemployed in the month concerned which the particular categories comprise:



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