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Friday, 29 March 1946


Mr MORGAN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Recently, I asked the Minister for the Army a question relating to the recruitment of volunteer forces to serve in the islands to the north of Australia, and the Minister replied on the 22nd March that it may be necessary to limit to 1,500 a month the intake of recruits without previous military experience owing to the rate at which men were coming forward. As little training is needed to guard unarmed Japanese and perform the routine duties of a garrison force, will the Minister, before taking action to limit the enlistment of recruits, give consideration to the wishes of men with three or four years' service who are still serving abroad and wish to return to civil life?


Mr FORDE - As large numbers of men now in the services are prepared to "soldier on", it will not be necessary to accept 1,500 recruits a month indefinitely. I shall obtain the exact figures and supply them to thehonorable member, but I assure him that there will be no shortage of volunteers to perform the work necessary in the islands until they are cleared of Japanese.







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