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Thursday, 10 September 1942

Mr McEWEN (INDI, VICTORIA) - Whilst admitting the powerful arguments that the Minister has advanced for the retention of men in the Army, I ask him to make the necessary arrangements so that a reasonably prompt decision will be reached regarding applications for the release of men to undertake urgent work. Not infrequently, an application passes backwards and forwards from the applicant and those who make representations on his behalf, and the various authorities concerned, for more than three months, without a decision being reached.

Mr FORDE - If the honorable member will bring specific cases to my notice, I shall inquire into them and inform him of the result.

Mr McEwen - I have written to the Minister on the subject.

Mr FORDE - I shall call for a report on the delays alleged to Grave occurred in considering applications for the release of men from the Army. Honorable members should understand that when an application is made, an officer of the Department of Labour and National Service examines it and submits a report on it to the commanding officer. In many cases, the replyhas to be in the negative.

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