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Wednesday, 23 March 1966


Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask a supplementary question of the Minister for Labour and National Service. How many birth dates were balloted in for each half yearly period for which ballots have been held?


Mr BURY - So far there have been three ballots and, if I remember correctly, the numbers of days were 96, 67 and 48. I may explain that as time progresses an increasing number of those required are taken, naturally, from those whose deferments following earlier ballots have come to an end. So for quite a while the number of dates balloted is likely to continue to decline. Eventually a stabilised position will be reached in which those being deferred and those whose deferments are ending will balance. After that there should be only slight variations from one ballot to the next.







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