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Thursday, 21 August 1980
Page: 589

Mr SIMON (MCMILLAN, VICTORIA) - Is the Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs aware of fears being expressed in Victoria that the allocation of funds for the Community Youth Support Scheme will be $3.6m this financial year and not the $4. 2m calculated as the basic need by the Victorian State CYSS Committee, which could result in a cutback of up to 15 projects in Victoria? Are these fears well founded? If so, will the Minister immediately review the position to ensure that no existing projects are abandoned?

Mr VINER - I thank the honourable gentleman for his question. It enables me to allay any fear that there might be in Victoria or, indeed, any other State or the Northern Territory concerning the continuation of the Community Youth Support Scheme. During the last financial year the Government increased the money available for CYSS by $1.6m- that is, from $10m to $1 1.6m. This financial year $ 11.6m has been allocated again. I made it clear in the statements that I issued concerning the details of the allocations that it is estimated that 52,000 young people will be assisted under CYSS this financial year. At 30 June 1980, 275 projects were being assisted. I emphasise that this level of activity will continue to be supported by that allocation of $1 1 .6m. That is the first point on which the honourable member should inform the Victorian State Committee. More than that, it is expected that 10 additional projects can be provided during this financial year. If a proportion of that $ 11.6m has been based on the proposition that the same number of projects can be continued in Victoria, there will be--

Mr SPEAKER -Order! Out of deference, no doubt, to the questioner, the Minister turned away from the microphone. As a consequence people on the Opposition benches could not hear the end of the answer. I ask the Minister to repeat just that part.

Mr VINER - The point I was making to the honourable gentleman was that the proportion of the $1 1.6m which will be allocated to Victoria is intended to allow the same level of projects this financial year as was in existence in Victoria last financial year and that, depending upon the valuation of existing projects, there may be room for increased projects in Victoria.

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