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Thursday, 24 September 1942
Page: 877

Canberra. - Confirming the Government's decision that no further age groups would be called up for the present, the Army Minister (Mr. Forde) said to-day that only classes 1, 2 and 3 were being called up in any strength, but that of married men between the ages of 35 and 45 the Army authorities were not calling up any over 40 years.

In this latter category, Mr. Forde added, most of the men called up were specialists in some particular trade or calling which was essential for army purposes.

In view of the Minister's statement, she objects to her son, who is 43 years of age and married, and with absolutely no special qualifications, being called up, when others are not. Every body is anxious to serve, and so long as fair treatment is given all round, there will be no kicks. But there is a great deal of irritation and annoyance, which is undermining the morale of our forces, as the result of men being called up unjustly.

Mr Coles - Surely a manof 40 ought to have learned to do something.

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