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Thursday, 11 September 1958
Page: 1121

Mr O'CONNOR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for the Navy aware that in recent weeks a retrenchment policy resulting in the dismissal of some 300 employees has been put into effect at Garden Island naval establishment, Sydney? Is he aware that employees on lower-range salaries have borne the brunt of this dismissal policy and that some of those who were dismissed had up to fifteen years' service on the island? In view of the fact that there has been no reduction in the vote for the Department of the Navy, why have such large-scale dismissals been necessary? Finally, will the Minister agree to the setting up of an independent authority to inquire into the present management of Garden Island?

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