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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr WHITE (Balaclava) .- I move -

That, after sub-clause (11.), the following new sub-clause be added: - " (12.) In the matter of employment, the provisions .of section twenty-seven of the Reestablishment and Employment Act ' 1945, relating to servicemen will have application."

With due respect to what has been said, there is considerable doubt as to whether ex-servicemen will be able to obtain preference in employment in this government instrumentality, in view of the fact that certain of the provisions of the Commonwealth Public Service Act and the Australian Soldiers Repatriation Act have been repealed. As a large number of exservicemen who were signallers and wireless air-gunners in the" Army and the Air Force may seek employment in what, will be a monopoly company, the amendment should be acceptable to .all honorable members. I ask the Minister to accept it.

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