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Thursday, 9 December 1976

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative services, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has there been a meeting of the Committee of Ministers which the Prime Minister announced on 1 October 1 976 had been established to examine cases in which evaluation by Government purchasing authorities on the basis of the best value for money' principle would lead to goods being bought overseas.

(2)   What orders were placed in Australia instead of overseas on the recommendation of the similar committee which operated from 1961 to 1972.

Mr Street - The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Complete information covering the period 1961-1972 is not readily available.

Unemployed Aboriginals in Grey Electorate (Question No. 1527)

Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice:

How many Aboriginals are registered as unemployed in the Electoral Division of Grey.

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

The Electoral Division of Grey includes the areas covered by Commonwealth Employment Service offices at Port Lincoln and Whylla and part of the areas covered by CES offices at Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Alice Springs.

A special examination conducted in my Department shows that on 10 November 1976, there were 422 Aboriginal persons registered with the Commonwealth Employment Service as unemployed within the Electoral Division of Grey. Included in this figure were 344 males (277 adults and 67 juniors) and 78 females (40 adults and 38 juniors).

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