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Thursday, 19 September 1974
Page: 1240

Senator BESSELL (TASMANIA) - My question, which is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration, relates to unemployment in the areas chosen by the Government for initial assistance. In Tasmania the 2 areas chosen are Launceston and Devonport. As the majority of the people concerned are from the textile industry and in consequence are female, what specific types of alternative employment are planned for the people in those areas?

Senator BISHOP - I am reminded that, in addition to the 2 places to which Senator Bessell has referred, Hobart and Burnie have been put on the list of areas to receive assistance. The present position is, as the honourable senator is aware, that structural payments are being made to people who are being relocated. Currently an examination is being undertaken by a Cabinet committee, in collaboration with two of our Caucus committees, to ascertain precisely what action should be taken in situations such as that to which Senator Bessell has referred; that is, whether in addition to the schemes now in operation and the one proposed by the Minister for Labor and Immigration some more direct assistance might be given to people in industries which are affected. I am not able to give the honourable senator any details yet, but I hope that some such schemes will soon be formulated. If I am able to provide more detail after consulting my colleagues, I will give the honourable senator tba, information. But certainly when those schemes are more precise and positive I hope they will be announced as soon as possible.

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