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THE smell of simmering curry grows stronger with the ascent off the street up to the warmth of the Indian Palace Restaurant in Bull Creek.

Guests will discover with delight that the rich, spiced aroma matches the taste of the food as they choose between vegetable samosas, tikka chicken and shish kebabs for entree.

For mains, one of their house specialties is the butter chicken, which arrives garnished with light almond flakes and sultanas.                                                      currys

The Bengali fish curry has a strong tamarind flavour and chunks of fresh tomato, and may go well with the rich Indian cheese and spinach dish – the palak paneer. To accompany, there are naans with different fillings such cheese or garlic, and different fruit chutneys and pickles.

With its inviting atmosphere and sensible prices, it is easy to see why Indian Palace is so popular with local families.

The great value extends even further on Friday and Saturday nights with the buffet, which includes such favourites as butter chicken, vegetable korma, Kashmiri dahl and lamb rogan josh. At $29.50 for adults and $14.50 for children, the buffet is the perfect opportunity to taste a range of the special dishes on offer at Indian Palace.

There is also an extensive takeaway menu.

Catering and functions are available upon request, call 9332 2126, or visit Shop 9, 110 Parry Avenue, Bull Creek

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A PLAN to help up to 124,000 retrenched workers has united the states but drawn criticism in Canberra.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed a deal with the states and territories to give intensive help to unemployed people aged over 25.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) conference in Darwin agreed to give the jobless access to government-subsidised vocational training.

Labor says the “compact with retrenched workers” will help up to 124,000 people.

“Workers who have been retrenched as a consequence of this global recession have lost their jobs through no fault of their own,” Mr Rudd said.

“Acting to support young Australians who are finding it hard to enter the labour market … represents an important intervention by government.”

Under the agreement, the Federal Government’s new employment agency Job Services Australia matches retrenched workers, aged over 25, with a path to a qualification.

The state and territories would set aside training places.

The training is for people who have been out of work since January 2009 and who are registered with a Job Services Australia provider.

The entitlement is available from now until the end of 2011.

It follows an “earn or learn” COAG agreement reached in April to make youths aged 15 to 19 undertake training and guarantee places for 20-24 year-olds in skills development.

The Rudd Government says it has invested $300 million in programs to help retrenched workers, but it did not provide a cost for the latest one.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said COAG’s new scheme would prepare Australia for economic recovery.

“We know only too well how quickly this country can find itself in a situation of serious skills shortage.”

But Opposition employment participation spokesman Andrew Southcott said training programs for the unemployed had failed when Labor last took that approach in the mid-1990s.

“Training for training’s sake, without a job at the end of it, is cruel to the unemployed,” Mr Southcott said.

“The experience around the world is that a skills-first approach for the unemployed tends to be very expensive and you have poor outcomes.”

Source  :  www.news.com.au

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