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Thursday, 2 December 1965

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Labour and National Service a question. Is the container service referred to a few moments ago by the honorable member for Canning and the Minister for Trade and Industry an Australian invention? Is it expected that if the service is adopted it will save millions of pounds in wharf charges of various kinds? Will the adoption of the service mean that about 80 per cent, of waterside workers on the Australian coast will be displaced? If so, what steps does the Department of Labour and National Service propose taking to protect the interests of the workers who will be displaced by this latest advance in automation or will it be just a case of waiting to see what happens and leaving the waterside workers to fend for themselves?

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