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Wednesday, 8 May 1985
Page: 1586

(Question No. 63)

Senator MacGibbon asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 28 February 1985:

Is the 'People for Nuclear Disarmament' peace bus, which was present in Brisbane during February 1985, receiving funding through any of the Government's employment schemes; if so:

(a) through which scheme is this group receiving funding;

(b) how much funding has been granted;

(c) on what grounds was the funding granted;

(d) has funding under any of the Government's employment schemes been granted to any other political groups, and, if so-

(i) what are the names of those political groups, and

(ii) on what grounds were grants given.

Senator Walsh —The Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question.


(a) The Community Employment Program (CEP).

(b) $74,756.

(c) To provide up to 39 weeks work experience and training for 6 people, from the CEP target groups of the long term unemployed and other people especially disadvantaged in their job search, to refurbish a bus as a mobile facility and to promote disarmament education in schools, shopping centres and local communities. The project was approved and funding granted in accordance with the CEP guidelines and agreed Commonwealth/State administrative procedures.

(d) This information is not available as prospective sponsors of projects under the Government's employment schemes are not required to declare whether or not they are ''political groups''.