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Wednesday, 20 April 1966

Mr BURY - Teachers, policemen and members of every other calling in this land are on precisely the same footing. Who ever males may be and wherever they are in Australia - except for certain males born overseas whose position is now being examined - they are equally liable for callup on a completely fair basis that applies to everyone. There are no exceptions to this rule, nor would I intend personally to make any. Deferment is granted by magistrates on grounds of exceptional hardship only. A case is submitted to the magistrate, who judges it on its merits and grants or refuses deferment. Deferment may be granted to enable an applicant to complete a course of study to become a teacher or to complete other courses. Those who are engaged in qualifying for various vocations may complete their normal course of training. Having done so and having become qualified they then go into the following call up.

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