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Thursday, 11 July 1946


The honorable member must deal with the clause under consideration.

Mr BERNARD CORSER - I hope that 1 shall not he silenced on the important subject of preference to ex-servicemen. They make application from time to time for employment in various Commonwealth departments, but they are constantly disappointed. When the Reestablishment and Employment Bill was under consideration, 44 amendments to be proposed by the Opposition were distributed throughout the chamber, but no opportunity was afforded to the Opposition to emphasize the necessity for leaving no loophole by which ex-servicemen could be denied preference in employment. Thebill abolished existing preferences and introduced a sham. The Government guillotined the measure through the House, and thus prevented a full discussion upon its provisions.

Mr Calwell - Because the Opposition stone-walled the bill.

Mr BERNARD CORSER - It was a matter of the first importance. The way in which the Re-establishment and Employment Act now operates shows that the Opposition Was justified in the stand which it took on that occasion. The act should be amended. Had steps been taken to ensure the granting of preference to ex-servicemen, we should not experience the trouble in that regard that is occurring to-day. I trust that tho. honorable member for Balaclava (Mr. White) will insist on submitting the amendment which he has foreshadowed.

Amendment agreed to.

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