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Wednesday, 14 October 1964

Senator GORTON (Victoria) (Minister for Works) . - In reply to Senator McClelland, the proposed increase in financial assistance for apprenticeship training has nothing to do with the adult training scheme. It is for extension of the scheme previously introduced to provide assistance for apprentices from country areas to be trained in country areas. It is proposed that the assistance will continue to be for these apprentices to be trained either where they arc or elsewhere in country areas, and not for them to move to the city to be trained and become city tradesmen. The proposed increase in the provision for official publications is due partly to an increase of £600 in the contract price for the printing of the "Industrial Information Bulletin". The 1963-64 expenditure for this publication covered only 11 months, and only three quarters were provided for in relation to the "Personnel Practices Bulletin". These two matters account for an increase of £790. The increase in the programme for the printing of career pamphlets is costing £350, and £1,820 is attributable to increases in costs of a number of other publications which are lumped together. These increases total £3,560, which is the difference between the expenditure last year and the proposed appropriation.

There is no provision for an automation department in this year's Estimates. The increase of 41 in the schedule of employees arises because 41 temporary positions have this year been classified as permanent. There does not seem to be any reason why transcripts of proceedings under section 28 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act should be provided. The position is no different from that of proceedings under other sections of the Act, the transcripts of which are charged for. I shall bring to the notice of the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. McMahon) the fact that the honorable senator has raised the matter again.

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