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Thursday, 3 September 1942

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Labour and National Service to inform me whether it is a fact that, whereas men called up for military service have the right to appeal to a court of petty sessions in certain circumstances against a decision of the manpower authorities, older men, some of whom are returned soldiers from the last war. and who have sons serving in the present war, have no right of appeal to such n court against whimsical decisions of man-power authorities when they are called up for service with the Allied Works Council? If that be so. what steps does the Minister propose to take for the purpose of ensuring that men called up for service with the Allied Works Council shall have the same right of approach to a court of petty sessions as have younger persons who are called up for military service? Is it also a fact, that aliens, friendly or otherwise, who are called up for service are equally dependent upon the whim or caprice of man-power authorities? Will the Minister ensure that in these latter cases, some authority will be appointed to determine in what service these men can best be used for tone war effort rather than allow the matter to remain, as at present, in the hands of more or less incompetent man-power authorities?

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