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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr Beaton (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) n asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice -

1.   Has he discussed with the States the position of young men called up for national service who have entered into a bond with respect to their employment after undertaking educational courses for the teaching service or for other purposes?

2.   If so, what is the effect of national service upon such bonds?

Mr MCMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   In the course of discussions which my Department has had with State Education Departments in relation to the conditions under which student teachers might be eligible for deferment of call-up for national service the effect of national service upon the conditions imposed by bonds has been considered. It has not been practicable to discuss this matter with all employers who may employ persons under bond.

2.   The position is that a student under bond to an employer will normally be eligible for deferment of call-up to enable him to qualify in his profession or calling. The period of deferment may include a period of practical work which is essential to comply with the requirements of qualification. On expiration of deferment, men become liable to ' call-up irrespective of any contract of employment. However, under the pro visions of the Defence (Re-establishment) Act 1965 any such contract existing at the time of call-up is suspended during the period of absence on Defence service. Under the provisions of that Act, the period of national service is not deemed to be any part of the period of employment required to be served as a condition of the bond.

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