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Tuesday, 21 March 1972
Page: 709

Senator JESSOP asked the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

Has the Minister received a report from the Commissioner of Commonwealth Railways following a conference, held at Port Pirie in February 1972, which was called to consider the transfer of Commonwealth Railways crews to Port Augusta? If so, will he furnish details of the report, together with the Minister's comments on this matter?

Senator COTTON - The Minister for Shipping and Transport has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The Commonwealth Railways Commissioner has reported to mc on a meeting organised by the Council of Port Pirie on 9th February 1972 to discuss matters in relation to the stationing of Dining Car crews with the standardisation of the Port Pirie-Adelaide line.

So far as Commonwealth Railways Is concerned the meeting was informed that with the possible exception of a few female car cleaners no good purpose would be served by transferring any other employees from Port Pirie provided there are no major alterations in existing timetables.

It should be borne in mind that the project will not be completed for another 5 years.

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