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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY (Melbourne PortsMinister for Labour, and National Service) , - First, the honorable member wants to -know what will. happen in regard, to electricians who served in the forces, and then he asks why can they not get a job at their trade. It may be that "there are not enough jobs in the electrical trade for all first-class electricians. In that case some of them will have to do something else in the meantime. I remind the honorable member that electricians are qualified to come under this scheme. A man who has worked as an electrician in 'the forces can, after a period of training, become qualified to receive a certificate. There are also State apprenticeship commissions which issue certificates to plumbers, enginedrivers and electricians qualifying them to work at those trades. When the men have fully qualified, they must still compete with others in order to get jobs. The electrician who has served in the forces will get a certificate if he goes through with the training scheme.

Mr White - What about the wireless air-gunner?

Mr HOLLOWAY - He would very soon get his. certificate.

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