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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Mr E JAMES HARRISON (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) on asked the Minister for Defence Production, upon notice -

1.   Can the 20 per cent, reduction in staff already effected by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation at Lidcombe be regarded as the limit in retrenchment that will take place, now or in the immediate future, at these works?

2.   1$ it a fact that, in the retrenchment policy being followed at Lidcombe, married men and their wives have been retained in some instances, whilst married men have been retrenched?

3.   Is there any possibility that the corporation's organization at Lidcombe will be handed over to private enterprise between now and the 1st July, 1957?

Mr Beale - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   No.

2.   Lidcombe factory is managed by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation. The retrenchment policy being followed at Lidcombe by this company does not provide for the retention of married women in preference to married men. The company is not aware of any such case as suggested by the honorable member.

3.   There is no such present intention.

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