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Thursday, 12 May 1921


Senator FOSTER (Tasmania) . - I should like to know whether this is the time to put the position of those young men who by reason of their age are still liable to compulsory training, notwithstanding that they have had up to three and four years' experience of active service at the Front. When these young fellows returned to Australia, probably a year or two ago, it was arranged that, a number of them should not be required to attend compulsory drills.


Senator Pearce - A proclamation was issued exempting them from attendance at such drills. Subsequently, in 1917, the Act was amended by providing that persons who had been upon war service might be exempted from compulsory service under such conditions as might be prescribed. Under that regulation the men to whom the honorable senator refers have been exempted.







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