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Friday, 2 August 1946

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Army) - This matter has been considered by the committee in Melbourne that is known as Joint Chiefs of Staff Australia, consisting of representatives of the Australian, New Zealand ' and British forces, . and a major-general representing India. Recommendations made by the committee have been sent . to the respective countries. A recommendation has been made to the Defence Committee, and the Defence Department is discussing the matter with the Treasury. It is hoped that an announcement may be made at an early date. Because certain difficulties have to be overcome, I cannot make a definite promise. However, the honorable member may rest assured that the matter will be viewed by the Government with the greatest sympathy, and that every consideration will be given to the natural desire of the members of the forces in Japan to have their wives join them if that be practicable.

Mr CONELAN - As the people of Australia will have an opportunity on the 28th September, to express confidence in and appreciation of the present Commonwealth Labour Government, will the Minister for the Interior state what steps are being taken to enable Australian servicemen and civilians in Japan to exercise their franchise on that date?

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