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Wednesday, 27 February 1952

Mr JEFF BATE (MACARTHUR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Labour and National Service, and I point out, by way of explanation, that a well-attended rural conference of the Liberal party, which was held at Bowral last .Saturday, asked, on the motion of Mrs. Keil, that the Women's Land Army be reformed to assist in the food emergency. Will the Minister inform me whether women are offering in sufficient numbers for that purpose? If they are not, does he consider that such an organization can be established on a voluntary basis, and provide, at moderate charges, elementary training, suitable clothing and amenities? Is it expected that immigrant rural workers of both sexes will resist the super-attractions of urban life?

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