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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4640

Mr Whitlam asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Premier of New South Wales writs to him on 25th June 1971 requesting special Commonwealth grants for works to relieve rural unemployment (Hansard. 10th September 1971, page 1149).

(2)   Did he reject the request on 9th August 1971.

(3)   Did the Premier make the request a second time on 26th August 1971.

(4)   When did he reject this second request.

(5)   Has the Premier made the request a third time on the ground that the New South Wales wheat crop has failed; if so, when.

Mr McMahon - The. answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   to (5) 1 have had correspondence with the Premier of New South Wales concerning the rural unemployment situation in that State.

On the subject of rural unemployment in general, 1 refer the honourable member to my recent statement on the proposed scheme of Commonwealth grants for employment - creating activities in non-metropolitan areas (Hansard, 2nd December 1971, pages 4010 to 4012).

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