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Wednesday, 13 June 1984
Page: 2920

Senator Dame MARGARET GUILFOYLE — I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations. I understand that new guidelines for employment programs were issued last week. As the guidelines have not been released to the public by the Minister, is he able to confirm that, as a general rule, approval will be given to projects involving new employees and not to those funded prior to 30 June? Is it a fact that there will be no automatic roll-over of existing programs into the Commonwealth employment programs and that there is wide concern that funding for current programs ceases on 30 June? I understand that all applications for funding will need to be considered in terms of the total program for 1984-85, with consequential gaps in funding until decisions are taken for the approved new projects. Is the Minister able to advise the Senate on these matters, or is any public statement able to be made with regard to funding after 30 June?

Senator BUTTON —I understand that, as the honourable senator pointed out, new guidelines have been agreed to. I imagine they will be published shortly, but I am unable to say. I understand the concern expressed about funding after 30 June . For those reasons I will obtain as quickly as possible an answer from the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations to give to Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle.