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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
Page: 742


Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service noted that unemployment in Canada has risen to 6.7 per cent? Can he say whether this is symptomatic of a world unemployment increase? Is he also able to say whether the composition of the Canadian economy, and problems asssociated with it, can be compared to the position in Australia?


Senator WRIGHT - Yes, I did see the report that the present rate of Canadian unemployment is 6.7 per cent which should be compared with a rate of about 2 per cent in Australia. With regard to the invitation to make comment upon whether or not this is symptomatic of a world trend, I would abstain from that comprehensive field if I may be permitted. With regard to undertaking a comparison of Canadian and Australian economic conditions, I think that the circumstances of questions without notice preclude a proper reply to that. It would be more appropriate to a debate on some occasion.







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