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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3361


Senator DONALD CAMERON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Labour and Immigration) - I direct to the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration a question in relation to the Government's Regional Employment Development Scheme which is now gathering impetus. Is the Minister in a position to give any information as to the extent of operation of the scheme and also the number of jobs being provided by the scheme?


Senator BISHOP - The honourable senator will recall that Ministers on the ad hoc committee meet once a week to consider applications made by various interested bodies. Projects have been approved to the extent of about $4.5m. It is estimated that finally a total of $22m will be expended in respect of the projects. The scheme should employ 7,000 or 8,000 people. At present employment has been found for about 1,500 people. I understand that the most marked improvement has been noticed in Tasmania where there has been a downturn in employment. There has been some demand for labour in that State resulting from the RED scheme. Attention, of course, in now being paid to consideration of other projects.







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