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Wednesday, 5 September 1945
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Mr CONELAN (GRIFFITH, QUEENSLAND) - -Has the Minister for the Army read the statement by an alleged military spokesman, published in to-day's press, that men on leave in Australia who are attached to units that are outside Australia, are to be returned to their units ? In view of the right honorable gentleman's statement last week that in such circumstances only specialists were to be returned to their units, has there since been any change in the Government's policy?

Mr FORDE - There has not been any change in the Government's policy, or of the decision that soldiers from New Guinea, the Solomons, Morotai, Borneo or other war zones to the north of Australia, on leave in Australia, would not be sent back to those areas on the completion of their leave unless they were key men whose services were urgently required. As far as possible, apart from those who have had a short service and have special qualifications which fit them to relieve others in Australia with long service who should be discharged, all soldiers on leave in Australia will bo discharged.

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