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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Army) - In order to deal with complaints of this kind, and to ensure that everything should be done to expedite discharges, and that men should not be .retained unnecessarily on the ground that they were filling key positions, I appointed a committee consisting of Mr. Sinclair, Secretary of the Army. Mr. Norman Watt, Assistant Secretary to the Treasury; the Adjutant-General, and Lieutenant-General Savige to review cases. The Chief Executive Officer of the Committee is Major-General Stantke who was formerly Adjutant-General, and later General Officer Commanding,

Queensland Lines of Communication area, and is now on the reserve of officers. This committee has been authorized to examine all establishments in order to- ensure that men are being discharged as quickly as possible.

Mr Spender - Complaints are reaching honorable members every day.

Mr FORDE - Yes, and I have found that every man who wants to get out of the Army says that he has nothing to' do while in it.- I am having every case investigated. I will not, stand for keeping men in the Army if they have nothing to do; on the contrary, I am all in favour of having them discharged as" quickly as possible. As a matter of fact, demobilization has proceeded much more expeditiously than was thought possible six or seven months ago. [ believe that this committee will be able to accelerate the rate of discharge, thorn of those who have been retained as key men after getting the requisite number of points for discharge, are now being transferred to relieve others who also have a sufficient number of points for discharge, but who have been retained as key men for two or three months beyond the date when they should have been discharged.

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