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Wednesday, 18 May 1960

Debate resumed from 11th May (vide page 1577), onmotionby Mr.McMahon -

That the bill be now read a second time.

Mr.HAYLEN (Parkes) [3.54].- This bill is designed to do the mopping up that is involved in bringing to an end the Government's unfortunate national service training scheme. For some time now, national service training has been a dead letter. It has been on the way out, andthis bill will put a period to its sufferings. It proposes that by 30th June, 1960, all obligations so far as universal training is concerned shall be discharged. Arrangements will be made to absorb into the Citizen Military Forces those national service trainees who have elected to remain in the forces, and in other ways the Government will do what is required to be done before the scheme passes into the limbo of forgotten things.

The fact that 30th June has been fixed as the final date on which this special kind of national service training will operate is important. Federal members in particular know that there has been some confusion in the minds of parents and of the young trainees about when the obligations under the scheme cease. When they have been called up they have come to see us and have asked, " Is this thing not over yet? Didn't I read something in the press about it months ago? Why should we still be pestered with this call-up? "

Mr Chaney - Some of them do not think that they are being pestered.

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