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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Mr ANDERSON (Hume) .- I most emphatically disagree with the remarks of the honorable member for Bonython (Mr. Makin). I do not see how one can judge whether a man is going to be a good or bad soldier by his appearance, or by any other kind of test. The proposed ballot is quite impersonal, and no one knows which birth dates will be drawn. However, I shall be surprised if the astrologers are not faced with some difficulty in foretelling the fate of the young people.

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - It is, of course, proposed to have more than one date.

Mr ANDERSON - I know of no practical method whereby one can assess the capacity of a young man to become a soldier. Some good soldiers are small fellows, others are big fellows. The proposed method is somewhat novel, but is nevertheless impersonal.

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