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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 900


Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. In view of the continuing upsurge in unemployment figures, as announced by the Minister for Labour and National Service last evening I ask the Minister: Has the Commonwealth Government made a decision on the request from the South Australian Premier that the Commonwealth subsidise on a $1 for $1 basis the amount of $2m which the South Australian Government announced last week as an emergency grant to assist the unemployed in South Australia? I further ask whether a decision has yet been made in response to an urgent request from the Premier of South Australia for the convening of a special Premiers conference to discuss the serious unemployment situation which now exists throughout Australia.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The honourable senator addresses the question to me, as the representative of the Prime Minister in this place, and seeks information which can only be given on a Premier to Prime Minister basis. Therefore I ask the honourable senator to put his question on notice.







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