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Thursday, 26 September 1974
Page: 1438

Senator SCOTT (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Will the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration indicate whether moneys for the unemployed are available for the use of councils in the floodravaged Lachlan, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Macquarie and other river valleys in New South Wales? Further, will he indicate whether such moneys can be used to hasten the urgently needed repairs to roads and bridges, in particular, in those areas? Finally, by what manner of application can the councils involved receive the funds?

Senator BISHOP - Certain criteria have been established and made known, as far as I am aware, to all State governments and also most of the councils and corporations. The criteria relate to how the applications should be processed. I understand that local councils can make an application either directly to the regional office of the Department of Labor and Immigration or to the Minister. I am not sure whether any applications have been received in connection with the projects about which the honourable senator has asked. I can only undertake to find out whether any such consideration has been given. In addition it may be proper if the honourable senator directed the attention of the authorities concerned to the fact that they can apply directly to the Minister. Mr Clyde Cameron chairs the meeting, but there is in fact a committee of Ministers, including the Minister for Social Security and the Minister for Urban and Regional Development, which is responsible for determining, on the criteria, which applications should be approved. If the honourable senator wishes, I will ask for information in respect of the matters he has mentioned and see whether applications have been made.

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