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Wednesday, 4 December 1935

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) , - In reply to the inquiry made by Senator Allan MacDonald with regard to vocational training in Canberra I may state that in December, 1933, a scheme for vocational training was placed before Cabinet by Mr. James Nangle, late superintendent of technical education in New South Wales, and Cabinet decided that the sum of £1,000 should be made available for expenditure during the balance of that year for the training of youths in carpentry, joinery, plumbing and motor mechanics. No expenditure was incurred in t-hat year. The sum of £3,000 has been provided to cover expenditure for this year, pending the adoption of a definite scheme in regard to which certain proposals are under consideration. The proposals are for vocational training in carpentry, motor mechanics, plumbing, and farm mechanics. Negotiations with the various trade unions have had satisfactory results, and it is now proposed to go ahead with the scheme.

I shall bring before the Minister for the Interior the suggestion of Senator Allan MacDonald that the Tourist Bureau should be situated at the railway station and ask him to consider placing it in juxtaposition to " Big Bertha ", which rests in such picturesque surroundings in the vicinity of the railway station.

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