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Wednesday, 19 November 1941

Senator BRAND (VICTORIA) - Can the Leader of the Senate say why Mr. W. C. Taylor, who was eligible for service in the Australian Imperial Force or the Royal Australian Air Force, was appointed to the vacancy on the Commonwealth Bank Board ? Were there not many soldiers who served in the last war, with banking and commercial experience, who could have been considered for this appointment? Is Mr. Taylor's appointment an indication of the Government's policy towards returned soldiers of the present war? Could not Mr. Taylor's appointment have been of a temporary nature pending the return of a suitable person from overseas war service? Does the Government realize that it has set a very bad example to State governments and private employers by appointing a person eligible for active-service to a sheltered position when recruiting is at such a low ebb?

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