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Friday, 11 October 1985
Page: 1126

(Question No. 412)


Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 20 August 1985:

(1) Was a Mr Donald Chisholm employed under a Community Employment Program (CEP) grant to work for ACE Television in South Australia; if so, and in view of the fact that Mr Chisholm receives both the unemployment benefit as well as income from his two small businesses in South Australia, how can this person qualify for a CEP grant.

(2) Is Senator D. Vigor a member of the Board of Directors of ACE Television.

(3) Is Donald Chisholm also a member of the Board of Directors of ACE Television.


Senator Walsh —The Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Yes. Mr Chisholm was referred to the CEP project, which commenced on 7 May 1984, because he met the participant eligibility requirements of the Program. Subsequent enquiries by officers of my Department did not uncover any evidence that Mr Chisholm was in receipt of any income at the time of referral to the project. I would point out that CEP participants are not eligible to receive unemployment benefit from the time they commence work on a project. Mr Chisholm ceased receiving unemployment benefit on his placement with the project.

(2) Senator Vigor is on the Board of Management of ACE Television and currently holds the position of Vice President.

(3) No. Mr Chisholm resigned his place on the Board of Management of ACE Television following his placement on the CEP project.