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Thursday, 20 March 1980
Page: 877

Senator CHANEY -Yesterday Senator Colstonasked me a question concerning the employment of Aboriginals under the Community Development Employment Projects Scheme at Mornington Island. I gave him a fair amount of information and I agreed to seek some more. I would now like to advise the Senate that the CDEP Scheme was due to commence at Mornington Island on 1 March. However, this date has been delayed until 3 1 March 1 980 at the request of the Shire Clerk, who I assume was acting as agent for the Council. I confirm that the hourly rate paid under the CDEP Scheme is comparable to award rates of pay. The rates payable are determined by the Council upon the advice of the Department of Employment and

Youth Affairs. As I mentioned in my reply yesterday, there is flexibility in the number of hours worked by individuals depending upon their own inclination. The level of funding provided for the CDEP scheme at Mornington Island in 1979- 80 is $191,509 based on the original commencement date of 1 March. Provision has been made in the forward estimates of $585,792 in 1980- 81.

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