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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1114

Senator SCOTT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address my question to the Minister representing the Treasurer. In view of the Government's stated intention of providing $20m or more a month for unemployment relief and in view of the immense flood damage, particularly to roads and bridges in the Lachlan,

Murray, Mumimbidgee, Macquarie and other river valleys in New South Wales, I ask: Will this money be available to local government bodies to help speed their mammoth and urgent task of repair? If so, how soon can the money be obtained and by what manner of application? Is the Minister aware that regretfully a significant element of unemployment is present in these areas and would provide the additional work force that would be needed?

Senator WRIEDT - I think it is well known that the Government has plans to introduce relief measures in areas where unemployment has become a problem. The Government, I think mainly through the Department of Labor and Immigration, has been in close contact with various municipal bodies throughout Australia. It has received a large number of submissions from those bodies on projects which could be usefully undertaken in those areas. Probably today or tomorrow the Prime Minister will be making a statement on this very matter. The details of that statement I think will generally answer the question which the honourable senator has raised.

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