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Tuesday, 31 May 1960


Mr HAROLD HOLT - I am not able to add a great deal to what I have already told the House. The problem is somewhat complicated, because although the United Kingdom Government appoints employees to the Perth and Melbourne mints, their salaries and superannuation are paid by the respective State Governments, and consequently any question of the transfer of employees or of their superannuation rights involves us in discussion with those various Governments. In any event, it will be several years before a mint is likely to be established in Canberra; and as I have already pointed out, even when that occurs the gold refining operations in Perth will be continued. We have recently advertised for applications for the position of a technical adviser, and after his appointment some of the consequential steps can be discussed in more detail and announced more fully.







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