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Friday, 9 August 1946

Mr DEDMAN (CORIO, VICTORIA) (Minister for Post-war Reconstruction) - The conditions of eligibility for reconstruction training are laid down in order to limit the trainees to the numbers that can he handled with the available facilities in Australia. I have dealt with this matter on previous occasions. Honorable members will realize that as nearly 1,000,000 persons served in our fighting forces, it would be impossible to provide reconstructiontraining for all of them.

Mr White - All of them do not require training.

Mr DEDMAN - That is true; but because of the necessity to restrict the number in accordance with the facilities available, certain conditions of eligibility have been prescribed, relating to the age of individuals and the capacity of various industries to absorb them. If an individual has sustained any injury during the war, and as a result of the disability is unable to follow his pre-war occupation,if any, he is entitled to reconstruction training, regardless of his age. If the honorable member will supply complete details of the case, I shall have it investigated.

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