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Friday, 11 September 1942

Senator COLLETT asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Army -

1.   Is it a fact that in the camps and other establishments of the Western Command there is a proportion of officers of the Australian Military Forces not fully or suitably employed ?

2.   If so, will steps be taken to ensure, in view of the alleged man-power deficiency, that any such officers are allotted duties appropriate to their qualifications and experience?

Senator FRASER - The Minister for the Army has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Due to replacement by younger men in units and formations or to re-organization, officers are on occasions held in depots under consideration for appointment in the rear services. Every effort is made to place officers suitably and not to hold them in depots longer than is administratively necessary, and where possible they are suitably employed at the depot.

2.   Officers for whom no vacancies exist in appointments suitable to their attainments are released so that their services are available to the country in their civil capacities.

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