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Friday, 22 August 1941

Senator FRASER (Western Australia) .- On the 25th June, I brought before the Senate the inconvenience and loss sustained by some universal trainees when called up to undergo a preliminary medical examination prior to entering militia camps. I referred particularly to lads in outback districts who lose a day's pay or portion of a day's pay and incur expenses in travelling to the nearest centre at which medical examinations take place. These lads are at a disadvantage compared with other young men who live in the vicinity of the depots where the examinations are conducted. The matter was referred to head-quarters in Western Australia, and I interviewed Colonel Hoad regarding it. I hope that the Minister representing the Minister for the Army will look into it and let me have a reply at an early date, as many representations have been made to me on the subject. To say the least, there has been considerable delay in announcing the policy of the Government in this matter.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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