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Tuesday, 6 August 1946

Mr BRYSON (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - A soldier with 128 points who returned to Australia approximately two months ago was sent to a camp and, being a signwriter, was classed - as key personnel. He has not since done any signwriting. Another soldier also has been held in that camp as a signwriter, but has not done any signwriting. Will the Minister for the Army have a special investigation made of the staffing at Bandianna camp, with a view to the immediate release of men whose retention is not essential?

Mr FORDE - Key personnel engaged the attention of the special committee of review at its last meeting. The AdjutantGeneral was instructed to make a special survey of all-men so held, with a view to meeting the large number of complaints of men having been placed in that category but not employed in the trade or calling for which they were specially skilled. If the honorable member will supply names, I shall have the cases reviewed, and furnish a reply to him before the adjournment of the Parliament; because he has been most consistent in his representations.

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