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A.I.F. DISCHARGES

POLITICAL ISSUE Pleas On Behalf Of Men With Five Years' Service N.Z.P.A. Special Correspondent Rec. noon. SYDNEY, this day. A major political question at present is: When will the men of the A.I.F. with five years of service be discharged? On June 1 the Prime Minister. Mr. Chifley, stated that men with five years or more service would be released. Federal Opposition leaders claim that the Government's plan is not being imDlemented.

In the House of Representatives last week the Government defeated an Opposition attempt to force a debate on delays in the release of these men. The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Menzies, had moved the - adjournment of the House to discuss the matter, but the Speaker ruled the motion out of order on the ground that there was already an item on the notice paper allowing a debate on Army releases. Mr. Chifley said that at a suitable time the Government would give the House an opportunity to discuss the question, but he could not promise a definite date. Mr. Menzies said the Opposition advocated that five-year men should be ordered out of the Army and not merely given the option of discharge. It would be unfair to put them in the position of appearing to abandon their colleagues. Aid For Home-Bnilding Service and other releases would enable many more men to be available for home-building before the end of the year, said the Prime Minister, Mr. Chifley, after conferring with the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction, Mr. J. J. Dedman, the Minister for Housing, Mr. H. P. Lazzarini, the acting-Premier of New South Wales, Mr. J. M. Baddely, and the State Minister for Housing, Mr. J. McGirr, on the housing problems in New South Wales. , ■ Mr. Chifley added that while it was admitted that the releases of manpower for the building industry have not been in the past sufficient to ensure fulfilment of the new housing target, it was pointed out that the programme undertaken for the British Navy, which is imposing a considerable strain on these resoxirces. will shortly be completed. This release, together with the releases from the Services already decided on, and with the manpower, becoming available as a result of the depression of the works, munitions and supply programmes, will mean that the pool of labour for civilian needs, including housing, will be increased by nearly 90,000 men before the end of the year. The momentum of releases from all sources will increase from then onwards. The Sydnev Sun blames the "military autocracy" for holding up the Government's directive that veterans be released, but adds that if the Government allowed the Army chiefs to flout its decision it is equally to blame. The Canberra correspondent of the Sun reports that some five-year men, phvsically unfit and rejected by their units because they cannot be used, are being kept in base camps doing nothing. They have been told they must wait for details of policy decisions on five-year releases before they can be discharged.

CHINESE PRESSURE

TOWNS AND AIRFIELD TAKEN

Rec. 1 p.m. CHUNGKING, July 23

The Chinese, pressing toward Kweilin, have recaptured Paishou, 25 miles to the west, Ining, a highway junction 11 miles to the northwestward, and Chaihsu, a railway town 57 miles to the north-east. Other columns, exerting pressure from the south-west, have reached a point eight miles from Kweilin. Another Chinese force is approaching Yangse airfield, which, if recaptured, will be the seventh lost American base reverting to Chinese-American I control.

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A.I.F. DISCHARGES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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