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Tuesday, 9 March 1971
Page: 748

Mr Hayden asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

Can he stale, for each of the years national service training has been in operation, how many persons (a) sought and (b) were granted exemption from national service on the grounds of (i) postgraduate tertiary education, (ii) under-graduate tertiary study, (iii) study for other professional qualifications listed under the appropriate heading, (iv) trade apprenticeship study and (v) other forms of study listed under the appropriate heading.

Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

There is no provision in the National Service Act whereby a man can be granted exemption from his liability to render national service on the grounds that he is a student or because of the occupation he follows. However, it has been the Government's policy since the inception of the present national service scheme that, in the interests of the men themselves and in the national interest, there should be the minimum possible disruption of studies and/or training which men are engaged on at the time when they register for national service. To this end men may be granted deferment of call-up to enable them to complete where practicable such studies or training. These men remain liable for call-up on completion of the period of deferment granted. The annual review of the national service scheme indicates the number of men granted or being considered for deferment as students or trainees at the date of the Review but no breakdown is available on the lines of the honourable member's question.

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