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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4382

Mr McIVOR (GELLIBRAND, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Labour and National Service. Is the Minister aware of the action of the European Economic Community in relation to the retraining of workers--

Mr SPEAKER -Order! There is far too much audible conversation in the chamber. I have had to appeal to the House on 3 occasions this morning on this matter. If this continues in future. I will request honourable members individually to cease these loud conversations. Complaints have come from my right that Ministers are unable to hear questions asked by honourable members. This has occurred on 2 occasions this week. I think that it is a reflection on the conduct of honourable members in this House. I would suggest to honourable members that, if they must speak, they should speak in soft tones. I ask the honourable member for Gellibrand to repeat bis question.

Mr McIVOR - Is the Minister for Labour and National Service aware of the action of the European Economic Commun ity in relation to the retraining of workers whose jobs have or may become redundant as a result of continuing integration in the Community or because of- the age group into which the workers fall? In view of the fact that workers in the age group from 45 years onward find it most difficult to obtain employment in this country, will the Minister give consideration to introducing a similar scheme to overcome redundancy occurring at all levels in Australia?

Mr LYNCH (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - 1 have a general appreciation of the retraining programmes which are offered by a number of countries in the European Economic Community. In particular, I have knowledge of the precise area of training to which the honourable gentleman refers. The honourable gentleman would be aware of the number of training programmes which are offered through my Department and, in particular, the retraining programme for persons dispossessed of . jobs as a direct result of . the effects pf technological change. The honourable gentleman asks me whether I will give consideration to the possibility of a scheme for retraining workers who find difficulty in continuing in. employment because of age. I will certainly look at this matter. However, the honourable gentleman will be aware that this is a policy matter and that, therefore, I cannot give a precise answer. 1 will look into the matter and bring it to the attention of my Department.

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