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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Minister for Immigration and Minister for Information) . - There is no necessity for the amendment. Section 24 of the Re-establishment and Employment Act 1945 reads - (1.) The provisions of this Division shall apply to the exclusion of any provisions, providing for preference in any matter relating to the employment of discharged members of the Forces, of any law of the Commonwealth or of a Territory of the Commonwealth, or of any industrial award, order; determination or agreement made or filed - under or in pursuance of any such law, and whether the law, award, order, determination or agreement was enacted, made or filed before or after the commencement of this section.

Section 26 reads -

The application of this Division shall extend in relation to employment by the Crown in right of the Commonwealth or a State or by any authority constituted by or under any law of the Commonwealth or of a. State or Territory of the Commonwealth.

That is intended to be absolute.

Mr White - Has the honorable gentleman been assured by the Crown Law authorities that those provisions will have full effect?

Mr CALWELL - Since the honorable gentleman raised the issue, I have consulted the Crown Law officers, and have been assured by them that the two sections I have read adequately protect the rights of ex-servicemen to preference in employment under this commission.

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