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Thursday, 20 May 1965

Senator GORTON - The Minister for Labour and National Service has provided the following answers -

1.   The Premier of Western Australia was reported in the Western Australian Press to have made that statement.

2.   In my second reading speech on the National Service Bill last year I made it quite clear that the Army has a need, not only for additional manpower as such, but for a wide range of skills and qualifications among its members. To meet this need, the national service scheme was designed to enable the call-up of a wide cross-section of the community which would be fully representative of these occupational skills. The Government decided therefore that it would be in the best interests of the country and of the individual registrant to grant deferment of service to apprentices while serving their apprenticeship. Thus apprentices who are granted deferment of service will, on attaining tradesmen status, be liable for service.

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