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Thursday, 4 July 1946

Mr Fadden n asked the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that between the 1st October, 1945, and the week ended the 12th January, 1,946, 202.023 members of the fighting services were discharged?

2.   If so, willhe inform the Househow many of that number were actually in gainful employment on the 12th January, 1,940?

3.   Of the number gainfully employed, how many(a) were actually occupying the positions they held prior to joining the services; (6) had, in fact, been placed by their former employers in a different position from that held previously; and (c) had, in fact, entered the service of other employers?

Mr Dedman - The answers to the honorable member's questionsare as follows : -

l.   Yes.

2.   Statistics are not available to show the number in employment at any particular date as 'ex-servicemen have neither been obliged to obtain employment through any government instrumentality nor to notify any such instrumentality whether they are employed or not. However, the number in receipt of reemployment allowance on 12th January, 1946, was 2,197. The number of discharged service men and women placed in employment by the Commonwealth Employment authorities from 1st October, 1945, to 31st May, 1946 exceeded 142,000. This excludes 187,000 who exercised reinstatement rights.

3.   Statistics arc not available for the same reasons as mentioned in the previous answer.

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