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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4774

Mr Malcolm Fraser asked the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

In his monthly reports of unemployed will he include all those who are receiving-

(a)   employment under the Regional Employment Development Scheme;

(b)   training under the National Employment and Training System; and

(c)   special benefits as a result of tariff-caused redundancy.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (a), (b) and (c) The honourable member will be aware that I did include in my press statement of 8 November 1 974 on the provisional Commonwealth Employment Service statistics for October the numbers employed on projects funded by the Regional Employment Development Scheme who had been recruited from the registered unemployed. It is intended that these statistics, together with the number of persons in receipt of special re-adjustment assistance, will be regularly published in my Department's Monthly Review of the Employment Situation. I also recognise the desirability of regular publication of a comprehensive range of statistics relating to the National Employment and Training System. Some of them could provide an added insight into the labor market and therefore warrant inclusion in the monthly publication. However, most of the information may not have the same direct relevance though valuable for other purposes, nor justify this frequency of publication. My Department is giving detailed consideration to the most suitable ways in which various NEAT statistics and related information might be regularly available.

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