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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 901

Mr Street (CORANGAMITE, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

Is it intended to withdraw departmental fire fighting services from any aerodromes, and replace them with municipal services: if so, what aerodromes will be affected.

Mr Charles Jones (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Transport) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In accordance with the Government's cost recovery policy the Department of Transport is currently reviewing all facilities and services provided to the aviation industry. Until such time as the review is completed and I have received the recommendations of the Department I am not able to say what effect the review will have on departmental fire fighting services or comment on the possibility of them being replaced at some aerodromes by municipal services.

It may be of interest to the honourable member that the following fire services have been withdrawn over past years:

Commonwealth Railways (Question No. ISIS)

Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many wage employees are employed by Commonwealth Railways.

(2)   How many of these employees are (a) members of the permanent staff and (b) classed as temporary.

(3)   What criterion is used in assessing the number of wage employees appointed to the permanent staff.

(4)   How often are reviews carried out to ensure that permanent wage staff establishments are kept up to the necessary requirements.

Mr Charles Jones - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   3307.

(2)   (a) 955, (b) 2352.

(3)   Appointment to permanent office is dependent upon an employee having completed twelve months satisfactory service and a vacancy existing in the established permanent strength of the classification to which the employee is to be appointed. Appointment is subject to the employee undergoing medical examination to ensure that his health and physical fitness are such to justify his acceptance as a contributor to the Commonwealth Superannuation Fund or to the Provident Account.

(4)   Reviews of established permanent staff strength are conducted as required having regard to minimum staff requirements of Commonwealth Railways operations.

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