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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1972

Mr KEOGH (BOWMAN, QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for Shipping and Transport. Has the Minister's attention been drawn to weekend Press reports that the Kangaroo Point shipyard of Evans Deakin Industries Ltd faces a crisis which could result in the closure of the yard and the resultant unemployment of up to 1,500 skilled shipyard workers? Will the Government give an assurance that an immediate decision will be announced to guarantee Evans Deakin a

Evans Deakin has no plans to put off 1,500 suitable order to provide continuity of employment and remove the threat of dismissal of these men?

Mr NIXON (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) (Minister for Shipping and Transport) - I did see the Press report mentioned by the honourable member. It is contrary in context to a report in the Brisbane 'Sunday Mail' which more accurately reported the statement by Mr Hoare, the Chairman of Evans Deakin. I think the report to which the honourable member refers was in the 'Australian'. It is false, men at this time.

Mr Keogh - I said *up to 1,500'.

Mr NIXON - It has no plans to put off up to 1,500 men. From discussions I have had with Evans Deakin I can say that there are no plans for the dismissal of such a large number of men. I have had discussions with Evans Deakin about its problems. Tenders have been called for the construction of a number of ships. Evans Deakin has submitted tenders and it believes it has every chance of obtaining contracts to build ships in its own yard.

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