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Thursday, 15 October 1964

Mr Clyde Cameron n asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice -

1.   How many of the 380 indigenous workers employed by Commonwealth/New Guinea Timbers Ltd. for the two year period of employment fixed by agreement are married, and how many of these are accompanied by their wives and children?

2.   Arc these workers entitled as. a right to be accompanied by their wives and children to their place of employment?

3.   Are married workers not accompanied by their wives and families entitled to visit their wives and children at any time prior to the expiration of the two years period of employment fixed by agreement; if so, are they entitled to return fares?

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

1.   Estimated 95. As at 2nd October 1964, 7 employees were accompanied by wives and children.

2.   Wilh the consent of the employer wives and children under sixteen may accompany a worker at the employer's expense.

3.   There is no specific entitlement for unaccompanied married workers to visit their wives and children, lt is the employer's prerogative to grant leave but he is under no obligation to pay fares.

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