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Thursday, 19 September 1974
Page: 1277

Senator Greenwood asked the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Prime Minister and Minister for Overseas Trade state on 18 July 1973 that persons who might lose their jobs as a result of the changes flowing from the 25 per cent reduction in tariffs would be offered retraining for new and better occupations if they so desired.

(2)   Has any person who has lost his job in such circumstances been offered retraining; if so, how many persons have been offered retraining, and of what type.

(3)   Has any such offer been accepted.

(4)   What is the nature and scope of the retraining which is available.

Senator Bishop - The Minister for Labor and Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes; all those among the 1,404 eligible persons who, to 30 June 1974, had registered with the Commonwealth Employment Service and had expressed interest in training. The training discussed with each person included full-time and part-time formal course training, correspondence training, and in-plant training in any skill in demand on the labour market.

(3)   Yes.

(4)   See (2) above.

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