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Tuesday, 4 May 1993
Page: 78

(Question No. 2552)

Senator Short asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 28 January 1993:

  (1) What funding, grant or other form of payment, has the department and its agencies approved to trade unions since 1 July 1992, in each case, please provide details of: (a) the name of the trade union; (b) the purpose of the funding; and (c) under what program the funding was made.

  (2) Are there any proposals for further funding to trade unions; if so, please provide details on the amount, recipient and purpose of the funding.

  (3) Could these details be provided by 8 February 1993.

Senator Bolkus —I am advised that the answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1) Since 1 July 1992 my Department has provided, for the calendar year 1993, funding to the following trade union organisations:

  (a)—$26,334 to the Construction, Forest and Mining Employees Union (Forestry and Forest Products Division) in NSW; and

  —$81,315 to the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (Victorian Building Industry Agreement Consultative Committee Working Party) in Victoria.

  (b) In both cases the purpose of the funding is to enable the grantee organisations to provide literacy and English language training for people of non-English-speaking background.

  (c) The funding was made under the Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Program which introduces new arrangements for workplace literacy and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) training for people of both English-speaking and non-English-speaking background.

  (2) There are no proposals for further funding to trade unions under WELL for the calendar year 1993.

  (3) This response has been provided as soon as was practicable.