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Tuesday, 25 November 1941


Mr MULCAHY (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for the Army aware that members of thr Australian Imperial Force in camps in Victoria who will be granted leave during the Christmas holiday period and who desire to spend their leave with their families have been notified that non-commissioned officers in uniform will not be allowed to travel on interstate express trains during their leave? I ask the Minister to make reasonable arrangements to enable these men to reach their destinations during their period of leave.


Mr FORDE - I am not aware that the position is as stated. It was agreed by mc some time ago that sufficient Christmas leave should bc granted to members of the Forces to enable them to have at least four days at home during the Christmas period, instead of three days as was granted last year. This Government has also agreed to pay the fares of the men. They will not be required to pay a proportion of their fares as was the case last year. I shall investigate the matter to which the honorable member has ref erred.







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