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Wednesday, 26 November 1941

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- The Treasurer (Mr. Chifley) should support his assurance on this matter with a further promise that he will take action under the National Security Act in order to cover the case of soldiers, pending a decision by the House. If the honorable gentleman's assurance is worth anything, remedial action should be taken now ; it has been delayed since May of last year, and there is no excuse for delaying it for another three months. The equity of the proposal is obvious, and the Treasurer should not require such a long time to look into the matter. National Security Regulations are used for many other purposes, and it would not he difficult to gazette one in order to safeguard the interests of soldiers serving in a theatre of -war.

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