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By G.A.P,

IT is to be regretted that the ugly head i of anti-semitism has been raised in the I discussion of the R.S.A. Dominion Coun- ! cli decision regarding aliens. The fact that j it was'never raised during the discussions at Wellington or Auckland dispels com- I any allegation that there was any ! "intention whatever of discrimination behind the resolution that was unanimously adopted. The issue was, unfortunately, raised by the Jewish community in ! Auckland at a meeting held a few days after the close of the conference at Wellington. The decision reached then becomes ' Dominion policy, and can only be dealt with through the agency of the Dominion Executive Committee in Wellington. | So far as the R.S.A. is concerned, its stand its duty are crystal clear. It is its solemn task to protect the interests i and welfare of men and women who j have served their country overseas. If it comes to the knowledge of any branch of the association throughout the Dominion that the interests of any returned man or woman are being adversely affected in any way whatever, such branch would be failing in its duty to the men and to the association if such were not reported. ' The Dominion Council, having had the matter brought to its notice and having, been satisfied, after full and careful inquiry that there were indisputable grounds for action, had 110 other course but to make strong representations for the removal of the disadvantages that ' 1 were shown to exist and to be hampering j the rehabilitation of returned personnel. 1

I An attempt has been made to minimise the actual number of aliens in proportion to the number of ex-service per- : sonnel, but such a line of reasoning can- | not be consistent' with the aims and 1 objects of the N.Z.R.S.A., for even if | half a dozen returned men had been deprived of an opportunity of rehabilita--1 tion, to which they are justly entitled, the course of the R.S.A. would be unequivocal. Should the R.S.A. at any time refuse to act because only a handful of returned men have suffered an injustice, I then it would be a betrayal of the sacred trust that has been reposed in the organisation. No one doubts the dire sufferings and horrors through which most aliens have passed, nor should New Zealanders forget I the sacrifices and sufferings that our own I boys have undergone to light the cause ' !of liberty and freedom. All the R.S.A. I desires to do in its policy as adopted at | Wellington is to carry out, its sacred pledge to the fighting men of to-day when ! their service is concluded and that extends , to affording them every possible opportuj nity to get back into civil life in positions with opportunities to which they are entitled by their service and sacrifice to expect. As long ago as immediately after the outbreak of the war the R.S.A. pressed tho Government to deal with the matter of aliens entering the country, and to protect the interests of the men overseas during their absence, pointing out tho danger of injustices being done. it is due entirely to the lack of action by the Government that the present position has arisen. The Government must accept responsibility for having paid no heed to the representations then made, and i consistently repealed down the years by I the R.S.A., which should not be attacked for performing its basic duty. |

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EX-SERVICEMEN'S PAGE R.S.A. DUTY IS CLEAR IN PROBLEM OF ALIENS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945

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