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Tuesday, 16 September 1958

Mr BRAND (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Minister for Labour and National Service. In view of his deep interest in the bulk handling of sugar at Queensland ports, and particularly in the employment locally of former wharf labourers at congenial work, can he say whether satisfactory arrangements were made at Lucinda Point for former port workers to enter other avenues of employment in the sugar industry in their own locality?

Would it be correct for me to assume that of 87 former port workers at Lucinda Point, 71 have been satisfactorily employed in areas near their homes and that the other sixteen have gone to other parts of Australia? In view of the national value of installing modern bulk handling methods at other Queensland ports, will he arrange to be represented at, or attend personally, a screening of the Mackay bulk handling installations at work, to be held in Senate Room 17 to-night at 7 o'clock, to which all honorable members have been invited?

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