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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY (Melbourne PortsMinister for Labour and National Service) . - These committees are small expert bodies, each consisting of two representatives of the employers and the employees and a government nominee. Separate committees have been established for each of the. five trades. I am hopeful that the committees which- functioned during the operation of the dilution scheme will continue to function without change of personnel. The members of those committeesprofited by their long experience of theindustries in. which they have been' interested. The Government cannot dictate to organizations of employers and' employees what representatives they should elect to the committees. The amendment seeks to place a representativeof an ex-servicemen's organization on each of the committees. It is quitewithin the bounds of 'possibility that all of the five members of each of the committees may be ex-servicemen. It 'ismost likely that the Government nomineeswill be ex-servicemen. Every officer' dealing with rehabilitation is, as far as I am aware, an ex-serviceman, and at least two of the chairmen of the existing committees are returned soldiers-..

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