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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 4466

Mr Anthony asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

What steps have been taken to enable the migration programme to contribute to policies of regional development as indicated on page 38 of the statement on Immigration presented to the House of Representatives.

Mr Grassby - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

I have allocated a high priority to the role of immigration in regional development

At the Conference of Federal and State Ministers for Immigration on 9 November, general agreement was reached on the need to meet the special labour requirements of development areas.

The Department of Immigration has set up the necessary administrative machinery to obtain detailed information from Federal and State planning authorities and to develop proposals for future migrant programs in the regions. To this end, preliminary discussions have been held with Federal and State planning authorities.

Migration officers, before proceeding overseas, are thoroughly briefed on the requirements of regional development projects.

Western Australia: Tourist Development Authority: Maritime Museum (Question No. 1176) Mr Bennett asked the Minister for Supply, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to the desire of the Western Australian Tourist Development Authority to establish a maritime museum.

(2)   If so, will he assist by investigating the possibility of supplying disused Australian naval vessels for the museum.

Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes. I have received representations from the Director of the Authority, and from several members and senators on this subject.

(2)   No naval vessels are held by the Department of Supply for disposal at present. However, when vessels do become available requests made by the Western Australian Tourist Development Authority and similar bodies will be given full consideration.

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