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Wednesday, 1 October 1958

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - I am not aware of any formal or official announcement having been made in relation to the matter mentioned by the honorable member.

Mr Calwell -I read it in my favourite newspaper.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - It seems that the honorable member's secret service is better informed than usual on this particular matter. As an outcome of the operations of the Cabinet committee which has been examining a wide range of functions of government in the interests of efficiency, it has been decided, following the conspicuous success which Commonwealth Hostels Limited, an instrumentality set up by the Government, has achieved in dealing with hostels throughout the Commonwealth, that the company should include in its operations certain other hostels located in Canberra. T am very conscious of and, indeed. sensitive to, the situation of honorable members who normally live in the Hotel Kurrajong, and I hope that they will have no cause for complaint as a consequence of the change that is being made. As to the rights of certain employees mentioned by the honorable member, I have not had occasion to examine that aspect of the matter. I will certainly arrange for it to be looked into promptly. It would not be the object of the Government to prejudice people who, by their normal service, have been in the process of acquiring rights in accordance with normal government policy.

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