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Thursday, 19 November 1959

Mr Ward d asked the Minister represent

1.   Has the payment of an allowance, usually referred to as " dirt money ", to naval stores employees engaged upon certain classes of work been discontinued?

2.   If so, will the Minister state the date from which this allowance first commenced, the rate of payment, and why it has been discontinued?

Mr Freeth - The Minister for the Navy has supplied the following answers: -

1.   Payment of allowances known as "dirt money " has not been discontinued. However a review of the work attracting such payment has been made. This review was carried out in consultation with the Trade Unions concerned. As a result " dirt money " will be paid in some cases where it was not previously paid, and in some cases where it was previously paid it will not now be paid. Overall it will be paid in fewer cases than previously.

2.   Payment of " dirt money " has been made for many years and the rate was increased from 2id. an hour to 4d. an hour from 16th January, 1958. As stated above it has not been discontinued but modern methods of packaging and handling have led to a review of the cases in which the payment applied. Union Representatives in both Sydney and Melbourne have expressed themselves satisfied with the general principles of the method to be now adopted and with the specific cases at present involved.

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