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Thursday, 3 October 1974
Page: 1641


Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration. Accepting the thesis of the Minister that the availability of extra skilled tradesmen will give impetus to jobs in other industrial classifications, is the Minister in a position to say whether State Ministers for Labour are being honest and frank in giving details of the number of apprentices who will become journeymen at the end of 1974? Can he further indicate the number of such apprentices who, assuming the status of tradesmen in 1975, will gravitate into the metal and electrical industries?


Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) - I understand from the Minister for Labor and Immigration that he has received very good co-operation from the State Ministers in respect of this matter. Only recently the Hon. F. E. Hewitt, the New South Wales Minister for Labour, applauded the Government's intentions in respect of the financial incentives which have been announced in the Budget. He said that they would act as a great inducement in this area. As the honourable senator probably knows, there is an Australian Apprenticeship Advisory Committee which meets regularly, chaired by Dr Sharp, the head of Mr Cameron's Department. On that body there are representatives of employers, unions and State governments. I am told that in this area the State Ministers are very co-operative. I do not have the figures with me but I will try to get them. The fact is that quite recently the incentives or subsidies provided to employers in relation to the intake of apprentices have very nearly been doubled. This is an indication that we are doing all we can with the assistance of industry and the State governments to induce apprentices to join industry.







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