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Thursday, 10 March 1966

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - I am not sure whether the honorable member is referring to volunteers for the Australian Regular Army.

Mr McIVOR (GELLIBRAND, VICTORIA) - I am referring to volunteers and conscripts.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - A question about the rejection rate amongst those who volunteer for the Regular Army has been asked previously in this House. It was answered at the time extremely well, I thought, by my predecessor. Certain standards have been laid down and must be met before a person can suitably fill a position in the Regular Army. These standards are the same for all people who enter the Army, whether they are national servicemen or volunteers for the Regular Army. The standards are based on the experience of the early days of the last war and I understand were established in the relatively early 1 940's as a result of that wartime experience. It had been found that if those standards were lowered beyond the level that was then established, people so entering the armed forces would be an administrative liability and a danger to their colleagues. That is something that could not be tolerated in any circumstances.

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