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Friday, 29 March 1946

Mr POLLARD (Ballarat) .- It is true that the honorable member for Gippsland (Mr. Bowden) stated his case with perfect clarity, but what he failed to do was to cite one specific case of a person possessing the necessary qualifications who had been denied the right to take up a second year course at any university. Neither did the honorable member for Corangamite (Mr. McDonald) get down to bedrock. He contented himself with making a series of general statements, such as - " The Minister has a vivid imagination - The charges have been ignored - He has nothing to be proud of - He cannot get out of facing these charges - Some one has been overruled - These charges demand a full investigation - There has been undue discrimination ". He did not cite any specific cases, either. At no time did he give the regimental number, the name or the unit, of a man who had been refused release, unless he was a key man. It is evident that the Opposition must be in desperate straits. They know that in six months time a general election will take place, and for the last month everything they have said and done have been directed towards making the public believe that they are the lily-whites - they are the only people interested in returned servicemen. In 1939, the present Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Menzies) issued a statement setting forth the terms and conditions of enlistment of men to be sent abroad.

Motion (by Mr. Adermann) put -

That the question be now put.

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