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Friday, 8 May 1942

Mr WARD - by leave - At the pressent time exemption is granted to bona fide working principals engaged on full-time duty in connection with their businesses or farms. In commerce the practice has been to exempt a working principal over the age of 35 years, whether he is married or single. In rural industries exemption has been granted to all working principals without any age restriction. It has now been decided to extend the latter basis for exemption to all working principals in commerce. Accordingly, exemption will be granted to all working principals henceforth, without any age restriction, whether they are engaged in commerce or primary industries. An applicant for exemption must be able to satisfy the man-power authorities that he is a bona fide working principal working full-time in his industry, and, further, that he has occupied this position for at least two years prior to the date on which he makes application for exemption. The purpose of this proviso is to prevent men from dodging their military obligations by buying a business and with it the title of working principal,

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