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Wednesday, 10 September 1958
Page: 1028

Mr L R JOHNSON (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Minister for the Navy concerning the employment position at Garden Island. I have no doubt the Minister is aware of the large-scale retrenchments of skilled personnel at the Garden Island naval dockyard. In view of the importance of this establishment to the Royal Australian Navy and Australia's security, I ask the Minister whether the Government has made any effort to find alternative contracts, either governmental or private, in the hope of holding the labour force and fully utilizing the very adequate facilities available at that establishment. If this proposal has not been considered hitherto, will the Minister apply himself to the problem and arrest* the retrenchment programme until his inquiries are completed?

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