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Wednesday, 7 July 1915

Mr PIGOTT asked the Assistant Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

Whether, in view of a number of farmers willing to join the Expeditionary Forces after the ensuing harvest, he will offer inducements to the same to enlist at once, with the understanding that they be relieved from duty during harvesting operations?

Mr JENSEN - This matter has been fully considered, but in view of the many difficulties and disadvantages of same, it is not proposed to take any action. The men who would be considered in an arrangement such as proposed will be available for embarkation as reinforcements almost as soon, if they contemplate harvesting as early as possible and enlist immediately they are in a position to do so. In the meantime, the men who are available will be drawn upon for present requirements.

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