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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2623

Senator EVERETT (TASMANIA) -Mr President,I have a supplementary question. I ask the PostmasterGeneral: How frequently does the Regional Employment Development ministerial committee meet? Is he satisfied that an adequate share of the total funds available is being allocated to projects in Tasmania? Has the Australian Government yet decided for how long, as a minimum, the scheme will be continued?

Senator BISHOP -Mr Clyde Cameron yesterday made a statement- which I noticed reached the Press- pointing out that the Regional Employment Development ministerial committee had met yesterday and that it is also to meet today. So I am aware that the Committee meets at least once or sometimes twice a week. Yesterday it approved 19 new projects which will cost nearly $2m. I understand that it prescribed new areas. There is now a new area for consideration by the meeting of Ministers. It includes local government areas. That is a new feature. The committee can meet once or twice a week. It is continuously considering applications. I am not sure of the total number of projects that have been approved or are under consideration. I will try to get the information. I understand that the scheme will be in operation until the present situation is overcome.

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