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Wednesday, 17 October 1956

Mr COSTA (BANKS, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for Labour and National Service aware that all honorable members are being deluged with letters from men in the ship-building industry at Cockatoo dockyard, in Sydney, who have been sacked because of the lack of work, and from others who have received notices terminating their services in the near future? Can the Minister inform me where these men now out of employment can find work? In view of the fact that similar sackings, in large numbers, are taking place at Garden Island, Williamstown, Mort's Dock, the Poole and Steel shipyard, and other shipyards, is the Minister in a position to say whether the Government has any plans, or is making a move in any way, to find suitable employment for the men who are losing their jobs? If the Minister is able to find alternative employment for these men. I shall be pleased to supply him with the names of the people affected, who are the subject of the letters that I receive.

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