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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr CALWELL - On Monday last, in the police court at Cobden, Victoria, a man aged 35 applied for exemption from military service on the ground that, as his wife was in ill health and he was the father of eight children, all of whom were under 14 years of age, his recruitment would inflict great hardship upon his dependants and himself. The Magistrate, Mr. E. J. Nicholas, P.M., dismissed the application. Will the Minister for Labour and National Service immediately issue instructions that this man shall be exempted from military service and, if necessary, enlist in his stead the magistrate whose decision outraged public opinion?

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