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Friday, 1 May 1942

Mr BERNARD CORSER (Wide Bay) . - The Government has indicated that a select committee of the Cabinet has been appointed to consider the manpower problem in regard to the production of foodstuffs, and I desire to know whether anything can be done to expedite inquiries into the hardships of widows and invalid fathers whose sons have been called up for military service, thus placing the parents in a most awkward position with regard to the harvesting of their crops. This matter should be looked into in the light of the necessity for carrying on those industries which are of value to the war effort.

I also bring to the notice of the Minister for the Army (Mr. Forde), the case of a soldier who was dismissed because of physical disability. The reply to my representations indicate that whilst the soldier claimed payment for service in camp from the 2nd September to the 30th November, he has received pay at the rate of 8s. a day only to the 31st October. It seems to me that a soldier suffering from an admitted disability due to life in a military camp and who still has a month's pay due to him should receive that amount. I hope that the Minister will consider the matter.

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