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Thursday, 3 September 1942

Mr JAMES - I bring to the notice of the Minister for Labour and National Service the case of a man who applied to the West Maitland police court for exemption from the military call-up. The magistrate granted exemption for six months. A man-power officer who, apparently, did not like the complexion, or colour of the hair, of the successful applicant, refused to accept the magistrate's decision and told the person concerned that he would " wipe " it. In view of the undemocratic character of such action, I ask the Minister for Labour and National Service whether he will issue regulations to prevent a man-power officer from vetoing a decision of a magistrate?

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