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Tuesday, 30 November 1976
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Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice:

What progress has been achieved with the implementation of apprenticeship courses for the tractor, farm machinery, industrial, construction and earthmoving industries.

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

The determination of apprenticeable trades is, of course, a matter for the State apprenticeship authorities. However, I am advised that relevant courses are already available in Queensland and Western Australia, and that in Victoria training can be provided through special modules or units within the general structure of courses for motor mechanics.

I understand that the apprenticeship authorities in these and other States are prepared to sympathetically consider proposals for introducing or improving apprenticeship courses in the areas concerned.

Committee to Examine Report of Royal Commission on Petroleum (Question No. 1505)

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) Which departments were members of the interdepartmental committee which was established to examine the report of the Royal Commission on Petroleum.

(2)   When was the committee appointed.

(3)   What were its terms of reference.

(4)   When did it report.

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

(1)   The interdepartmental committee which was established to examine the fourth report of the Royal Commission on Petroleum comprised the Departments of Business and Consumer Affairs (Chairman), Attorney-General 's, Capital Territory, Environment, Housing and Community Development, Industry and Commerce, National Resources, Northern Territory, Primary Industry, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Transport and the Treasury.

(2)   5 May 1976.

(   3 ) To advise on the Royal Commission 's report.

(4)   23 September 1976.

Reduction in Staff at Woomera (Question No. 1529)

Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(   1 ) In view of the phasing down of operations of the Weapons Research Establishment at Woomera, what reduction in staff has taken place during the last 6 month period.

(2)   Of the reductions that have taken place, how many are the result of (a) transfers to other Australian Government Departments and (b) resignations.

Mr Killen (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Defence) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The reduction in staff at Woomera for the period 1 May to 3 1 October 1 976 totalled 8 1 .

(2)   Of this total 32 were transferred or promoted to other Departments of the Public Service including other divisions in the Weapons Research Establishment, 44 resigned, 4 retired due to maximum age and 1 died.

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