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Thursday, 20 November 1941

Senator ASHLEY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Information) - Earlier in the day, Senator Brand intimated to me that he intended to ask that question. The matter comes within the purview of the Public Service Board, which has furnished the following reply : -

Yes. Such applications have been called for in order to meet departmental requirements for linemen who, until recently, . have been drawn almost wholly from returned soldiers. There is such a large percentageof older men in the ranks of linemen that it is desirable to recruit some youths and draft them as linemen after suitable training. These trainees will provide only a portion of the number of linemen required, the balance being recruited from returned soldiers. Consideration will be given to the suggestion that suitable young returned soldiers be trained to meet departmental requirements of men as linemen.

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