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Friday, 18 September 1942


Mr Francis (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) s asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact as reported in Tuesday's press that the period of disembarkation leave for members of the Australian Imperial Force has been increased to 28 days, including travelling time?

2.   If so, will he consider the case of those members whose leave was limited to seven days, plus travelling time, with a view to granting them further leave on the basis upon which longer leave was granted to members who returned to Australia recently?


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

1.   It is not true, as reported in a section of Tuesday's press, that the period of disembarkation leave for members of the Australian Imperial Force has been increased to 28 days, including travelling time.The actual period of leave granted is fourteen days, plus travelling time, the total period of absence, including leave and travelling time, not to exceed 28 days in all. Members of the Australian Imperial Force who returned to Australia some months ago, have been granted seven days' leave to their homes, plus travelling time, the total period of absence, including leave and travelling time, not to exceed 21 days in all. This period was considered to be the maximum compatible with the situation then prevailing.

2.   In view of the present serious war position, it is not intended to make a further grant of disembarkation leave to those personnel.

Tasmania: War Industries.


Mr Curtin n. - Yesterday, the honorable member for Darwin (Sir George

Bell) asked me the following question, without notice: -

Will the Prime Minister lay upon the table of the House the report of the committee that is inquiring into war industries as affecting Tasmania?

The report is receiving the attention of the Government. The question as to whether the contents will be made available to honorable members will be determined when the recommendations made in the report have been considered.

Public Service - Retirements.


Mr George Lawson (BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND) (Minister Assisting the Postmaster-General) n. - On the 11th September, the honorable member for Denison (Mr. Beck) asked the following question, without notice : -

In view of the acuteness of the man-power position, and the Government's appeal to persons reaching the retiring age not to retire, and to others who have retired to return to work if that be possible, will the Minister representing the Postmaster-General insist that section 86 of the Commonwealth Public Service Act, which deals with the age of retirement, shall be strictly adhered to?

The Postmaster-General has supplied the following answer: -

The present policy regarding section 86 retirements has been arrived at after consideration of the general staffing situation, and of the claims of younger officers of the Service. This policy provides that officers shall be retired at the normal retiring age, and their subsequent employment (subject to fitness and willingness to be employed) confined to -

(a)   Positions in which it is customary in normal times to engage temporary assistance, or

(b)   Special positions that have arisen through the war in which their services can be profitably used, but which are not of a permanent character.







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