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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Mr LANGTRY - I desire to inform the Minister for Labour and National Service that, notwithstanding the statement that has been made on behalf of the Government that no more men would he called up from rural industries for military service, four men in my own district were called up last Saturday. Since my arrival in Canberra I have heard that another man has been called up. One of these men is the father of three young children and he had no one to leave behind to work his farm. Moreover, some men who have been called up have had to travel 30 or 40 miles into their nearest town in connexion with their call-up notices. I ask the Minister to ascertain whether these men have been called up in error. If he finds that this is the case, will he take steps to avoid such errors in the future?

Mr WARD - The decision of the Cabinet sub-committee respecting manpower in rural industries was conveyed to the officers of the Department of Labour and National Service. The issue of call-up notices rests with the Army authorities. If difficulties have arisen, or if mistakes have been made, in that matter, the incidents should be reported to the Minister for the Army.

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