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Friday, 21 November 1941

Senator KEANE - The Minister for the Army has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Permanent heads of departments have already been instructed that members of the staffs of Commonwealth departments who wish to enlist for -service in the, lighting forces shall bepermitted to do so unless it is necessary to retain their services as members of reserved occupations.

2.   The. Australian list of reserved occupations was originally based on theBritish list, with alterations to suit Australian requirements. The Government is not preparedto abolish the list of reserved occupations.In this connexion I point out that, irrespective ofwhether the fighting forces are maintained by voluntary or by compulsory service, the requisite number of trained men for war production and maintenance canbe ensured only by a system of reserved occupations.

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