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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Mr HOLT (FAWKNER, VICTORIA) - I direct, a question to the Prime Minister with reference to the right honorable gentium an 's recent statement to the House that the Government's expert advisers had counselled against the release of numbers of men from the armed forces for the purposes of harvesting or factory production. Has the right honorable gentleman given consideration to the fact that, both in the war of lft 1.4-1 8 and in the present war, many countries, particularly Russia and Germany, made a. regular practice of bringing men back from the fighting lines at appropriate times to engage in harvesting or munitions production? If that policy can be operated successfully in those countries, can the Prime Minister indicate why a similar policy would be impracticable in' Australia?

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