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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Sir WILFRED KENT HUGHES (Chisholm) . - I do not agree with the honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Clyde Cameron). Apparently the explanation that was given by the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Harold Holt) means that anybody who, under proposed section 33, sub-sections (2.) and (3.), has not completed his 140 days' service-

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - He has completed his 140 days' service but is still technically liable to call-up.

Sir WILFRED KENT HUGHES - If that person has completed his service and is still technically liable to call-up, or if he has not completed his service because the Citizen Military Forces unit has been disbanded and still has a period to serve, he can enlist in the permanent forces and be discharged from the C.M.F. upon enlistment in the permanent forces. If he has not completed his service, under proposed section 35b (3.) (b), I take it, he still has to serve the number of days that he would have had to serve if the C.M.F. unit had not been disbanded. That is almost as complicated as is the way in which the bill is drafted. I direct attention to the fact that the clause could have been drafted in a much simpler form, but I do not think that the proposal of the honorable member for Hindmarsh will solve the difficulty.

Question put -

That the clause be postponed (Mr. Clyde Cameron's amendment).

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