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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
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Senator RAE (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Manufacturing Industry. By way of brief preface I refer to the fact that on 1 August last I sought an assurance from the Minister that urgent steps would be taken to assist the textile industry and its employees in Tasmania. I ask whether any steps have yet been taken. If so, what are they?


Senator WRIEDT - It is true that Senator Rae raised the matter of unemployment in the Launceston area as a result of some depression in the textile industry in that city. The Government is concerned about this matter. It has decided to send to Launceston a task force similar to that sent to Wangaratta in Victoria. It will comprise representatives of the Departments of Manufacturing Industry, Labor and Immigration, and Urban and Regional Development. That task force will go to Launceston tomorrow and will be there on Friday also.


Senator Webster - It ought to have great success, like it did in Wangaratta.


Senator WRIEDT -We hope it will. Let us hope the overall policies will be more successful than the ones the honourable senator has advocated for so long. We hope that the committee will report back to the Government next week with a statement of the special problems of the area and what may be done about them.


Senator Rae - Will the statement be published?


Senator WRIEDT - I am not sure whether the statement will be published but the report will be. Certainly a statement will be issued on the report.







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