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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Minister for Immigration and Minister for Information) . - I draw attention to clause 44 of the Australian Soldiers Repatriation Act 1943, which deals with the point raised by the right honorable member for North Sydney (Mr. Hughes) . It states -

After section fifty-five of the principal act the following section is inserted in Part IV.: - " 55A. - (1.) Notwithstanding anything con tained in any law of the Commonwealth or of any State or Territory of the Commonwealthor in any award, order or determination of any industrial tribunal or of any industrial agreement preference shall, in the appointment of persons to the Public Service of the Commonwealth or to the service of an authority of the Commonwealth, be given to persons who have been members of the Forces and have served outside Australia or in any area prescribed as a combat area for the purposes of this Act and who are competent for the work required.

That covers the position. Obviously, it will apply to persons seeking employment with the proposed commission, just as it now applies to persons seeking employment with any other commission or Commonwealth department.

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