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Friday, 11 September 1942

Mr RANKIN (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for the Army whether Mr. J. A. Mendes,

Mayfair Hotel, Darlinghurst, has been granted exemption from military service ? Has the honorable gentleman had brought to his notice the fact that this gentleman boasts that it has cost him more than £100 to keep out of the Army, and that he has experienced no difficulty in keeping the male staff of the hotel out of the Army? If the honorable gentlemanis unaware of the circumstances, will he immediately call for the production of the file relating to this man Mendes and table it in Parliament as early as possible in order that honorable members may investigate the suggestion that a racket is being worked in connexion with exemption from military duty?

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