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Tuesday, 29 November 1960

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - Already the department has made a survey of the who!? of the motor industry in Australia, both on the manufacturing side and on the perls and accessories side. I think I can say that in about only four factories have problems arisen. Two of them are the factories of Ford Motor Company of Australia Proprietary Limited in Queensland and in New South Wales. The department already has officers in both those places with a view to effecting a quick transfer into other jobs of those about to be retrenched. I am glad to be able to say that in those cases we hope to be able to find jobs for retrenched employees quickly.

Mr Calwell - How many do you expect to be retrenched?

Mr McMAHON - Certainly no more than 250. There will be about 170 at Homebush and probably 70 in Queensland, but they will all find jobs quickly. I understand that there will also be retrenchment -at Chrysler Australia Limited in South Australia. I have also read of the position of the Standard Motor Car Company, in Victoria, where there are about 80 retrenchments. Here, I think, about 40 applied to us for placement in other jobs, and already about two-thirds of them have been placed. I think we can quickly find jobs for the balance of them. So, in summary, I think I can put it in this way: There have been some, but very few, retrenchments as a result of recent decisions and we are confident that we can find jobs for all of these people in the near future.

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