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Thursday, 8 April 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - The Minister for Shipping and Transport has supplied the following answers - 1, 2 and 3. The persons referred to are employed by a private contractor on tracklaying for the standard gauge project in Western Australia. My Department has been advised that the position is as follows -

(a)   Ninety-five Thursday Islanders are employed on tracklaying for the standard gauge project.

(b)   All these men are being paid at award rates.

(c)   Some of these men are married and six have their families living with them in Western Australia.

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