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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3112

Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 26 October 1977:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to the employment problems facing tradesmen and other employees as a result of the rundown of the ship building industry at Whyalla.

(2)   Is Australian National Railways at Port Augusta short of tradesmen in a number of classifications.

(3)   If so, is this shortage capable of being overcome by using employees from Whyalla made redundant by the shipyard situation, if the staff ceilings in operation on ANR which restrict the ability of that organisation to recruit additional tradesmen, et cetera, to meet their requirements, were lifted.

(4)   Will he consider lifting staff ceilings on ANR to enable further recruitment of staff, and by doing so, assist in resolving an unemployment problem created m that area of South Australia by the abandonment of the Australian shipbuilding industry at Whyalla.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) Yes. 1 am well aware of the problems facing the people of Whyalla

(2)   Yes. There are vacancies for tradesmen in certain areas.

(3)   No. Tradesmen have been recruited from Whyalla and others may be engaged as further vacancies occur. However, I am advised by the Australian National Railways Commission that large scale recruiting is not contemplated, irrespective of staff ceilings.

(4)   While the application of a staff ceiling has created some minor problems in certain categories of employment, in general I am assured the Commission can work within the ceilings.

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