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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
Page: 743

Senator WILLESEE - I ask the Minister for Works whether he is aware that the system for counting unemployed in Canada is vastly different from that used in Australia, and that if Australia adopted the Canadian system the figures would be very much higher. In the name of fairness and accuracy will the Minister indicate this in reply to questions on comparative unemployment figures?

Senator WRIGHT - Insofar as the question implies a want of candour on my part, I refute it. Of course I acknowledge that there are differences in the bases of statistics when the Canadian system is compared with our own, but I resent the suggestion that it is encumbent on me to explain them in making a basic comparison between the Canadian figure of 6.7 per cent unemployed and the Australian figure of 2 per cent. However, having said that I shall, for the information of Senator Willesee particularly, have, the matter analysed in proper form. If any further information needs to be given to Senator Willesee I shall provide it.

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