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Tuesday, 19 November 1974
Page: 2474

Senator BESSELL (TASMANIA) - My question, which is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Labor and Immigration, refers to the report in the Melbourne 'Herald' of yesterday afternoon that some 50,000 tertiary students may be unable to obtain employment during the Christmas vacation period. The report indicates that unless many of these people are able to obtain employment, and extra funds because of it, they will be unable to continue their studies next year and this will, of necessity, exacerbate the 1975 employment situation. In view of this fact, and taking into account the already critical employment situation generally has the Government any plans which may assist students wishing to take up jobs to obtain such employment?

Senator BISHOP -Senator Bessellwill know, because I have referred to them many times, the various schemes which the Minister for Labor and Immigration has been able to get the Government to endorse to cover these situations. Apart from the magnitude of the education vote, a number of schemes, including the National Employment and Training Scheme, have been designed to give people the opportunity to take a study course where there is no employment available in their particular categories. The honourable senator referred to students who have been able hitherto to get employment in the Christmas period. I am not aware of the number. I have seen the report. I will ask the Minister to indicate the consideration that has been given to providing some avenues for them. As soon as I have the information I will give it to the honourable senator.

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