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Wednesday, 24 July 1946

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Army) - I have not yet had time to read this morning's Daily Telegraph, but I shall read thereportto which the honorable member refers.I am not conversant with details as tohow many men at the various military establishments have 105 points to their credit under the discharge system. However, the Govern ment has set up a specialcommittee consistingofthe Secretary ofthe Department of the Army as chairman, the AdjutantGeneral, Major-General Milford, Lieutenant-General Savige and Mr. Norman Watt, a representative of the Treasury, in order to screen all dis- charges from war establishments to ensure that everything possible shall be done to speed up demobilization so that men will not be kept unnecessarily in these military establishments.

Mr Francis - Is the Minister satisfied that these key men are genuine key men?

Mr FORDE - If the honorable gentleman will give me further details I shall have the cases investigated. Key men should only be held to do key jobs. Time will not permitme to give my interpretation of what constitutes key jobs,but, briefly, they are jobs for which men have been specially trained. I am most anxious that demobilization be speeded upas much as possible.

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