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Thursday, 4 October 1984
Page: 1726

(Question No. 1588)

Mr Andrew asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 7 June 1984:

(1) Further to the answer to Question No. 1026 (Hansard, 29 May 1984, page 2389 ) did he state that the number of person/weeks of employment created under CEP in 1983 are not yet available on a national or federal electorate basis.

(2) Does each internal project summary sheet include the electoral division in which the spending will take place.

(3) Do his news releases include the location of each approved CEP project.

(4) Is he unable or unwilling to provide the answer to part 4 of Question No. 1026.

(5) Are the October 1983 'Estimates of Unemployment Rates by Commonwealth Electorate' the most up to date available estimates; if not, what are.

Mr Willis —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes. However, the total number of person/weeks of employment created under CEP in respect of projects approved in the financial year to 30 June 1984 has now been estimated at 1,624,192.

(2) Yes, but the projects, and consequently the spending, are not necessarily limited to that electorate. In such cases the summary sheet lists each relevant electorate but no distribution of financial and employment details is shown.

(3) Not necessarily. It would be impracticable to provide full details of all projects in each Press release.

(4) An estimate of the number of person/weeks of employment created for any given Federal electorate can now be provided, on request, by my Department. However, as the effect of projects is often wider than electoral boundaries, the data cannot be aggregated to provide cumulative State or Territory totals since projects may be listed in more than one electorate. It should be noted that data of this type give a general indication of the locality of the employment but do not indicate in which Federal electorate project employees are resident. Estimates of placement by Federal electorate can also be provided, subject to the abovementioned constraints regarding project overlaps. Estimated total placements to 30 June 1984 are 28,400.

(5) Yes.