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Thursday, 30 April 1942

Mr WILSON (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for the Army whether, in view of the large number of reported cases of hardship associated with the call-up of men for the Australian defence forces, he will take steps to provide that ample time shall be permitted for an application for exemption to be submitted to the proper authorities. Many men are ordered into camp immediately, and I ask that all applications for exemption be considered before the men are forced into camp and placed under the jurisdiction of the Army.

Mr FORDE - Cases of hardship are at present considered by police magistrates in each State, but I propose to confer with the Minister for Labour and National Service on this matter. Apparently, in the view of the honorable member for Wimmera, sufficient time is not given in many cases to enable applications for exemption to be placed before a police magistrate before the men are ordered into camp. That is news to me, but I shall give close attention to the honorable member's representations.

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