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Monday, 20 May 1957

Mr CRAMER (Bennelong) (Minister for the Army) . - I move -

That the amendment be agreed to.

This amendment arises out of discussions that took place in this House when the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Harold Holt), I think in answer to representations made by the honorable member for Chisholm (Sir Wilfred Kent Hughes) concerning the notification of changes of address, told the honorable member that he would go into this matter and that, if it were found practicable, he would try to meet the wishes of the honorable member. Inquiries have been made, and it is recognized that circumstances may arise in which it would be necessary to relieve certain people of the obligation to notify changes of address. They would include those found to be medically unfit, and no doubt there will be other categories. So the amendment that was made in another place has given the right to the Minister for Labour and National Service (Mr. Harold Holt) to relieve certain persons of the obligation to give notification as provided in other sections of the bill. The Minister himself will determine the prescribed classes of persons. It is a simple common-sense amendment, and I do not think that any exception can be taken to it.

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