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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr MORGAN (Reid) .- The clause makes it clear that no person snail be admitted to the service of the commission, whether in a temporary or a permanent capacity, unless he possesses the qualifications set out. A member of the American forces, who may be an outstanding figure in the broadcasting world, may decide to remain in Australia after the war. He could not be employed in any capacity by the commission, and as he would not cool his heels in Australia until he was able to qualify for naturalization his services would be lost t;> this country. I hope that the narrow, parochial outlook of some circles in this country will not prevail after the war, but that there will be a more national outlook. Even a Britisher is referred to as " a pommy " unless he happens to be the Governor-General. Others, too, are referred to in terms of disparagement. To believe that there will be unemployed after the war is to have a pessimistic outlook. I hope that the party in power at that time will ensure that every person in this country shall have a job. If we are to hold Australia we must have a population of from 20,000,000 to 30,000,000. To this end, the best elements of other nations must be encouraged to come here. In New South Wales recently the Chair of Law became vacant. The Senate of the University had offered to it the services of Professor Julius Stone, who possesses outstanding qualifications in international law. It considered his qualifications and decided that he was the right man for the position, particularly at present, when Australia should adopt a more international outlook than it has had hitherto. The expressions used by some honorable gentlemen bear a close resemblance to the expressions of certain persons who are cooling their heels in internment camps, such as members of the Australia First movement.

The CHAIRMAN (Mr. Prowse).Order ! There is no reference in the bill to "Australia First".

Mr MORGAN - It is considered good enough that American forces shall shed their blood on our soil; but according to some persons they will be merely " Yanks " after the war, and must return to their own country. Two American soldiers were married in Australia yesterday. They may decide to remain here after the war.

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