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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr SHEEHY (Boothby) .- I was employed in industry at the time of the dilution scheme. The agreement reached with the unions was that recognized tradesmen would have the first right to employment. The present Government is determined that ex-servicemen shall be properly rehabilitated and shall have preference. The honorable member for Fawkner (Mr. Holt) has moved an amendment that returned soldiers should have the right to nominate a member-'-

Mr Holt - That is not my amendment. Nomination is left in the hands of certain organizations.

Mr SHEEHY - In view of the honorable member's interjection, I withdraw what I said regarding his amendment.

The schedules show the trades affected; by this bill. 'It would be more democraticto allow the members of the unions concerned to elect their own representatives. The Government has been charged with, being unsympathetic to ex-servicemen,., but I - remind the committee that Sir Gilbert Dyett, who for many years wasthe federal president of the Returned. Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia, said that this is themost sympathetic government with which, ex-servicemen have ever had to deal. On the. 7th May last, Mr. Eric Millhouse, whosucceeded Sir Gilbert Dyett, as federalpresident of the league, said that 'theGovernment was doing a grand job in. rehabilitating the men of the fighting: services. _ ,

Mr Holt - Mr. Millhouse favours theamendment.

Mr SHEEHY - The men in the industries concerned should have the right to say who shall be their representatives. We shall obtain greater satisfaction if, we leave the decision to them.

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