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Wednesday, 1 October 1958

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - My question to the Minister for Labour and National Service relates to the decision of the Government that has already been announced that Commonwealth Hostels Limited will take over the control of hostels in Canberra which are at present conducted by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Works, including the Hotel Kurrajong, where most members of Parliament reside while the Parliament is in session. Does the Minister know that the decision can have serious effects on the conditions of work for employees at present on the staffs of the hostels? As Commonwealth Hostels Limited is not an authority of the Commonwealth, would it be correct to say that present employees, including more than 300 members of the Liquor and Allied Trades Union, will lose the benefits of long service leave provisions under the Commonwealth Employees' Furlough Act? Will those employees have any opportunity to transfer to other Commonwealth employment so that they may retain their continuity for furlough benefits?

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