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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr FADDEN (Darling Downs) (Leader of the Australian Country party) [4.6 J. - This measure affords me an opportunity to direct attention to further examples of the Government's shocking bungling of the rehabilitation of exservicemen, and to its deplorable treatment of .ex-servicemen anxious to engage in useful trades. The Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Holloway), who introduced the bill, said that one of its purposes was to assist the rehabilitation of ex-servicemen. But it is futile to talk of assisting, their rehabilitation while the Government is content to allow the present unsatisfactory condition of affairs to continue. It is evident that in addition to red-tape strangling effective rehabilitation, certain trade unions are determined to prevent men who fought for their country from engaging in useful trades. A few days ago, the Sydney press reported that Mr. Roy Jackson, secretary of the federal shipwrights and ship constructors organization, declared, first, that soldiertrainees .were not admitted under the post-war reconstruction training scheme, and, secondly, that there was not enough work to admit soldier trainees who, in any case, were too old and. had had the opportunity before the war. of entering a trade. Earlier, in Brisbane, a man with three years' service in the Royal Australian Air Force in Darwin and overseas, was thrown out of work because' the local branch of the Amalgamated. Society of Carpenters and Joiners would not accept him a3 a member.

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