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Tuesday, 2 June 1942

Mr POLLARD (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) - Is the Minister for the Army aware that many primary producers, sons of primary producers, and farm labourers, who are serving in the army would be better employed in the work of primary production? Is he aware that no satisfactory machinery exists to deal with applications by such men for releases from the Army? Further, is he aware that it is unfair to commanding officers, and to men seeking releases, that claims for release should be adjudged solely by commanding officers? Will he consider the introduction of some satisfactory method of dealing with claims for release? Is the honorable gentleman aware that there are many cases similar to the one which I shall now cite-

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