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Wednesday, 8 October 1941

Senator CAMERON - The Minister for Air has supplied the following a nswer : -

Airmen of the more highly skilled trades cannot be released. Airmen in the lowest trade group, viz., group V., may be released. Applications for release from the Royal Australian Air Force for the purpose of joining the Australian Imperial Force will be considered on their merits, provided they are made through the correct service channels, subject to the following conditions: -

(a)   That applicants can be spared from their musterings;

(b)   that a replacement by an older man or a woman (Women's Australian Auxiliary Air Force) in certain cases is available;

(c)   it must be clear that the Army will enlist the men concerned immediately upon their release from the Royal Australian Air Force.

Any men who can be released from their ground mustering will first be given an opportunity to offer themselves for air crew before consideration will be given to their release for other military duty.

Sitting suspended from 3.27 to4.10 p.m.

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