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Tuesday, 29 November 1983
Page: 2953

Mr DOBIE —I ask a question of the Treasurer. If the Treasurer really believes that economic projections of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet-or non-forecasts as he would have us know them-have 'no particular status', can he tell the House whether the Treasury's unemployment projections for the next three years, which presumably would have some status, are based on better or worse criteria than those used by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, which do indicate unemployment rising to between 820,000 and almost one million by 1985-86? If so, will he try to clarify the confused answer he gave to the Leader of the Opposition earlier in Question Time? Will he inform the House as to what forecasts he and his Department do consider as having some status for the next three years?

Mr KEATING —The Treasury does not do three-year projections on the economy, let alone on unemployment.