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Wednesday, 1 October 1941

Senator Ashley (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that trainees for the Militia are being called up for medical examination twice within two months despite the fact that on the first occasion they may have received first-class passes?

2.   If so, why is no consideration given to the inconvenience and expense caused to the trainees, and also the added cost to the Department of the Army?

Senator Foll - The Minister for the Army has supplied the following answer : -

Men who are liable to be called up for military service are medically examined at the area in which they enlist. If classified there as Class 1 they are allotted to units. On arrival in camp they are required to go before' a medical board for confirmation of Area Medical Officer's classification. Men who are considered by Area Medical Officer to be temporarily medically unfit, but whom it is considered would be fit Class 1 within a definite period would be called upon at the end of that period to undergo further medical examination.

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