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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY (Melbourne PortsMinister for Labour and National Service) (1:13 AM) . - The committee that has been handling the dilution scheme throughout has not apprehended .any danger from or difficulty in respect of the provision made by the bill. In the words of its members, they are anxious that exservicemen shall inform, as quickly as possible, the committees which will assess the value of their claims, in order that the exact picture may be discernible. Every man will have six months from the date of his discharge in which to make application.

Mr Anthony - What about those who were discharged more than six months ago ?

Mr HOLLOWAY - Some of them have been undergoing training. They are back in their old trades, or at whatever they were doing before the war, or they are going through their training course, and are half way to becoming tradesmen. That is the interpretation I have received from the committee. Of course, the committee may extend the time in exceptional circumstances.

Mr Holt - What are those circumstances ?

Mr HOLLOWAY - If a man has been sick, or if for some other good reason he has failed to apply, the time may be extended. I do not want to accept the amendment because I do not think there is any need for it, but I should not like to think that any one will be deprived of an opportunity to receive training simply because, by mischance or oversight, he has failed to apply in time. I shall confer with my colleagues to see whether the time prescribed ought to be extendedbefore the bill goes to the Senate.

Mr Anthony - A man who was discharged six months, and failed to apply, would now be excluded.

Mr HOLLOWAY -No, it means six months from the22nd March last, or six months from to-day if the man were discharged to-day.

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