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Wednesday, 27 November 1985
Page: 2387

Senator BUTTON (Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce)(5.43) —The Government has no present plans to introduce a housing loan subsidy scheme for reservists in order to retain them in the reserves. As Senator Harradine has pointed out, there is a recruitment campaign. He suggests that if it succeeds it may be inadequate in terms of retention. I understand that he has written to the Minister for Defence (Mr Beazley) about this matter so I will draw that letter to the Minister's attention and see that Senator Harradine gets an appropriate response as soon as possible.