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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) . - Earlier I indicated to the committee that I had examined some of the suggestions put forward by the honorable member for Chisholm and explained why we had not been able to find a practical way of including one or two of them. I said, however, that we had been able to devise a provision under which persons who were excluded from service by reason of the ballot would have an opportunity to volunteer for training if they wished. I therefore move -

That, in clause15, after proposed sub-section (6a.), the following sub-section be inserted: - " (6b.) A person whose liability to render service under this Act has been deferred under this section may volunteer, in the prescribed manner, to render that service and, if the person is accepted for service under this Act, the deferment granted in respect of the person shall be deemed to have been cancelled.'.".

This amendment, if adopted, will give effect to the recommendation of the honorable member.

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