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Wednesday, 29 April 1942


Mr WARD - For some time I have been dismayed 'by some of the conflicting decisions that have been given by magistrates who dealt with applications for exemptions from military service on the ground of hardship. At present, I am closely examining the matter. Although I was not aware of the particular case to which the honorable member referred, I shall make inquiries immediately and advise himof the action that the department proposes to take. Regarding the method of dealing with applications for exemption on the ground of hardship, the honorable member is aware that the decision rests, not with the Department of Labour and National Service, but with the magistrate. As I have already indicated, the present system has resulted in conflicting decisions and has given rise to a completely unsatisfactory position. The whole matter is now being reviewed and I hope to inform the House very soon of the Government's proposals.







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