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Thursday, 26 March 1942


Mr FORDE - Arrangements were made some time ago to make available prisoners of war for labour in areas where no local labour was available. In pursuance of that arrangement a number of prisoners of war was made available for fruit-picking in Victoria. I cannot say at the moment whether they have been made available for wood-cutting in South Australia, but we have had applications from South Australia and Tasmania for prisoners of war to be allocated for that purpose, and instructions were given for the applications to be considered expeditiously. The arrangement is that the prisoners of war must be paid for at the award rates applicable to the work on which they are employed, from which the prisoners of war are paid 7£d. a day in accordance with international agreement; the balance goes to the credit of a fund for the reimbursement of the British Government, which is responsible for their maintenance in Australia. I shall consider the honorable member's suggestion about the employment of internees.







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