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Thursday, 22 October 1964

Senator CORMACK (Victoria) .- I accept the Minister's statement. Oddly enough, this raises another problem. Nearly every defence force - at any rate those of the United Kingdom, I think Canada, and certainly the United States of America - allows a conscriptee or a voluntarily enlisted person-

Consideration interrupted. ;

The CHAIRMAN - Order! In conformity with the sessional order relating to the adjournment of the Senate, 1 formally put the question -

That the Chairman do now leave the Chair and report to the Senate.

Question resolved in the negative.

Consideration resumed.

Senator CORMACK - It allows individuals to opt for their discharge in the theatre of operations at the conclusion of peace or of an armistice. This has happened quite often. This provision, which has never applied in the past, takes away a right which is inherent in an individual. If he sees an opportunity to take up a life, say, in New Guinea, and does not want to be returned to Perth, he can opt to be discharged in that area. Instead, it seems to me that he will have to be returned to Perth and find his way back laboriously to take up a new life in the area that he has selected. I shall be grateful if the Minister will comment on this.

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