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Thursday, 28 November 1974
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Senator Bessell asked the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(   1 ) What number of persons in each State

(a)   receive social security unemployment benefits;

(b)   come under the Income Maintenance Scheme; and

(c)   are involved under the National Employment and Training System.

(2)   What is the total weekly cost of unemployment in Australia.

Senator Bishop - The Minister for Labor and Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I am informed that-

(   1 ) a, b and c. The number of persons receiving Unemployment Benefit, Income Maintenance and in training under NEAT in each State at end-October 1 974 were:


(2)   It is not possible to provide a total weekly cost of unemployment in Australia. However, payments of Unemployment Benefit currently average $2.3m a week while the corresponding average weekly figure in respect of income maintenance payments is $400,000. It should be noted that part of the payments made to some recipients of income maintenance represents a supplementation of current earnings where these are less than the average level of earnings in the 6 months prior to their retrenchment as a result of government induced structural change.

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