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Tuesday, 16 March 1965

Senator WRIGHT - I address my question to the Minister representing the Minister for the Army or the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service. T have noticed statements to the effect that in balloting for compulsory military service the first few ballots were held in public and the rest in private. In the first place, is it not desirable that all of the balloting should be open to scrutiny by such members of the public as wish to witness it? Secondly, is it true, as stated in the publications that I have seen, that marbles are drawn out of a barrel, representing particular days and relating to certain numbers of youths who have birthdays on those days, and that when the required numbers have been obtained the balloting ceases? If this is so, why are not the dates which result from a ballot published in the daily Press the day following the ballot so that all youths whose birthdays occur on those dates will be able to commence planning their activities to meet the requirements of the Act?

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