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Thursday, 18 September 1958

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) . - by leave - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

This bill needs very little explanation. Its purpose is to extend for a further period the entitlement to preference in employment, which ex-servicemen of World War II., and certain others, have enjoyed under the Re-establishment and Employment Act.

Honorable members will recall that preference was originally granted for a period of seven years after the cessation of hostilities of World War II. This period ended on 2nd September, 1952. The legislation has already been extended on two occasions by bills introduced by this Government. The Government has decided to extend the legislation until 30th June, 1960.

The operative provision in clause 3 of the bill will be ante-dated to 2nd September, 1958, which was the date of expiry of the existing provisions. Clause 4 is designed to guard against any possible injustice arising from this retroactivity. I commend the bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Clarey) adjourned.

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