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Class B Releases

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 29 November 1945

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55.

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider increasing the percentage of Class B releases, in relation to Class A, from 10per cent. to 20 per cent.

The extent to which releases in Class B may be increased in relation to those in Cl ass A is at present under consideration.

Does not the Minister think that this suggestion, taken with that in Question 57, might provide a part solution for the pressing shortage of skilled men in industry?

Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the fact that Labour Governments in Australia have abolished all forms of conscription?

57.

asked the Minister of Labour why there is still a difference in treatment of men released in Class B and those released in Class A; and whether he will consider according similar treatment to men in both classes, apart from the possible need of some direction of labour, and making releases under Class B compulsory.

It is essential to the release scheme that there should be a clearly marked difference in the treatment of the, men released in Class B and those released in Class A. The former are released before their normal turn to go to definite employment whilst the latter must be given time for resettlement and to secure suitable employment if necessary. The answer to the second part of the Question is in the negative.