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Thursday, 15 August 1974
Page: 963

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - I ask a question of Senator Bishop in his role as Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration. My question relates to unemployment in Tasmania. Is the Minister aware that Tasmania now has the highest rate of unemployment in Australia and that the rate is just over Vh per cent of the work force and rising? Will the Minister say whether any special action is being contemplated by the Government to help reduce this Tasmanian unemployment that causes so much concern to those affected, particularly at this time of exponential inflation?

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) -I understand that representations have been made by the Premier of Tasmania to the Australian Government on this matter. As the honourable senator will appreciate, this matter is currently engaging the attention of this Government. The general unemployment situation has in fact been the subject of discussions this week with representatives of the general employers and the unions. I expect the matter to be more precisely examined next week. But I will see if I can get any precise information in respect of specific questions related to the general situation in Tasmania. The Government is hoping that the schemes which have been promoted by Mr Clyde Cameron may be fairly directly tied to the situation if it develops any more.

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