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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr J R FRASER ser asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   Has the Government under consideration a proposal to transfer control of the Canberra Fire Brigade to the New South Wales Board of Fire Commissioners?

2.   Is it proposed that this transfer shall be effective from the 1st July, 1957?

3.   What conditions will apply in respect of (a) salaries, (b) superannuation, (c) long service leave, and (d) sick leave for Canberra firemen transferred to New South Wales control?

4.   How many additional men will be required to staff the Canberra brigade under the New South Wales working week of 42 hours, compared with the present working week of 56 hours?'

5.   What will be the position regarding housesfor Canberra officers at present occupying firebrigade housing but not desirous of continuing their employment under New South Wales conditions?

6.   Will alternative accommodation be provided for these men?

7.   Will men of the Canberra Fire Brigade, on transfer,- become liable to posting to stations, anywhere in New South Wales?

8.   Will he consider allowing a probationary period of several months during which officers transferred would be entitled to cease their employment with the benefit of Commonwealth conditions?

9.   As the retiring age in the New South Wales Fire Brigade is 60 and the Commonwealth retiring age is 65, what will be the position of officers above the age of 60 when the transfer takes place?

10.   Will he make a full and detailed statement on the matter as early as possible so that employees, of the Canberra Fire Brigade can consider their, future?

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

1.   Yes.

2.   Yes, if the necessary arrangements can be. completed by that date. 3 to 9. Full details of the proposal have not yet" been worked out, but members of the Canberra Fire Brigade can be assured that their rights and conditions of employment, as affected by the transfer, will receive careful and sympathetic consideration. Men at present occupying fire brigade housing who do not desire to continue employment under New South Wales conditions will be found alternative accommodation.

10.   A full statement on the matter will be made as early as possible.

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