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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 572

Mr Humphreys asked the Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 20 May 1980:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to an article in the Australian Financial Review of 22 April 1980, page 27, under the heading 'Government fails to act on own recommendation'.

(2)   Is there any substance in comments in the article that the total sums allocated for the National Employment and Training (NEAT) Program and the Commonwealth Rebate for Apprentices' Full-time Training (CRAFT) Scheme indicate a drop from $ 1 77m in 1 978-79 to $52m in 1 979-80.

(3)   Did the Government endorse a recommendation of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development that spending on manpower programs be increased; if so, what is the justification for any reduction in expenditure on the NEAT and CRAFT schemes.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   No.

(3)   There was no such recommendation.

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