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Tuesday, 16 August 1960

Mr James (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) s asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice -

1.   Did the Department of Labour and National Service submit the names of men displaced from northern New South Wales coal mines, or whose employment is to be terminated, to the Australian Iron and Steel Company Limited at Port Kembla, with a view to securing their placement in a number of vacancies which, it was understood, existed at these works?

2.   Is it a fact that selection of the men was not made on the basis of seniority of service in their previous employment, but that every effort was exerted to exclude any who had had a long membership and association with the miners federation?

3.   If so, is this a practice of which the department approves, and is it causing additional unrest amongst workers in the mining industry?

4.   Will the Minister take up this matter with the Australian Iron and Steel Company Limited with a view to the company complying with the wishes of the trade union concerned?

Mr McMahon - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   No, but whenever displaced men have shown interest in seeking employment in the WollongongPort Kembla area, but not in coal mines the existence of vacancies in the Australian Iron and Steel steel-works as well as elsewhere in the area has been drawn to their attention. 2 to 4. See answer to 1.

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