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Friday, 6 March 1942

Mr BREEN (CALARE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Minister for the Army direct hisofficers to investigate further before arresting universal trainees who have not responded to the call-out at the particular time desired by the officer in charge of the camp? If the M inister makes inquiries he may find that it is not necessary to order the peremptory arrest of some of the man for whom the military authorities are looking, because they are engaged in the munitions industry.

Mr FORDE - I shall take into consideration the suggestion made by the honorable member, hut he will realize that when the reserves are called out, every one in the group concerned is expectedto respond and obey the law of the country. There were previously young men who were in occupations that were not reserved. Since having been in camp,they have gone into war work, hut havenot advised the man-power officers. Sometimes, they are called out for service. It has happened that they havebeen put into camp and then, because of the nature of theirwork, given exemption. I have found, on investigating cases submitted to me, that frequently the Army authorities are not at fault.The trouble has occurred in consequence of men failing to advise the Army authorities of changes in their occupations.

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