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Friday, 29 April 1921

Senator FOLL - Senator Payne has pointed out that owing to adverse conditions an employer might find it impossible to re-employ apprentices who had been on active service. I think provision should be made to meet cases of that description. 1 am heartily in agreement with the sentiments expressed by Senator Earle, and I should be prepared to give him support if he proposed an alternative of imprisonment as well as a monetary penalty.

I should like the Minister to include amongst those liable under thisclause every employer, and not merely those who employ apprentices or articled clerks. In my opinion, every employer should be compelled to re-employ previous employees on their return from active service or from training in camp. There have been cases in which returned men have been unable to secure the positions which they filled before they enlisted because, in their absence, other persons have been appointed tofill them. If the Minister shows any inclination to accept my suggestion I am prepared to move an amendment making this provision applicable to all employers.

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