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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 517

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Can the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service say whether farmers and rural workers who have registered under the rural aid scheme are classified as unemployed? If so, can he say how many have applied for aid and what effect their applications have on the percentage figures of unemployment in Australia?

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Works) - Farmers and rural workers who obtain employment by reason of the benefits provided in non-metropolitan areas are not classified as unemployed. Of approximately 99,000 unemployed who were registered at the end of July last, about 42,000 were registered in non-metropolitan areas - that is to say, areas generally outside the capital cities. Of those 42,000, on the basis of occupation categories, the number of rural workers was about 2,500.

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