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Tuesday, 29 May 1973
Page: 2734

Mr JARMAN (DEAKIN, VICTORIA) - Is the Treasurer aware that the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, an organisation established by a wide variety of leading companies to encourage the objective study of economic and other matters, is providing a $5,000 grant known as the CEDA/ Rank/Xerox grant for the study of subjects relating to the Australian economy bv economists from universities, business and the public sector? Will he look favourably at participation by officers of his own Department, which includes many leading economists? If so, will he encourage his colleagues to do likewise? Will he give encouragement to other organisations to undertake similar measures?

Mr CREAN (MELBOURNE PORTS, VICTORIA) (Treasurer) - I am aware of the valuable work that the Committee for Economic Development of Australia has done in Australia for a considerable number of years around the subject of economic development, and I think that what the honourable member has referred to is an indication of further initiative on its part. I will instruct my officers - and I hope that other Ministers might instruct officers of their various departments - to participate in that venture. Once more, I congratulate CEDA on the initiative that it is showing.

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