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UNITY PROPOSAL

FORCES' ASSOCIATIONS

U.S.A. SEEKS FULL DETAILS P.A. WELLINGTON, this day. "'My association is deteumined not to enter into any controversy calculated to provoke differences between ex-servicemen generally," said Mr. B. J. Jacobs, Dominion president of the N.Z. R.S.A., in commenting to-day on the recent statement by Mr. F. L. Thwaites, president of the Second N.Z.E.F. Association, which criticised the R.S.A. "A complete answer to Mr. Thwaites' statement will ultimately be given by ex-servicemen of this war themselves," added Mr. Jacobs. "Their interim answer already has been given, in.view of.the fact that nearly 50 per cent of our total membership of more than 70,000 are returned servicemen and women of this war. If they continue to join as they have done their numbers, incidentally, wiJl enable them, should they so desire, to take complete control of the N.Z. R.S.A. We do not worry about this because we have full confidence in them, as they are the natural and rightful successors to the men of the previous war. On the other hand, if it should turn out that they prefer the Second N.Z.E.F. Association, it should enjoy their loyalty and membership and the R.S.A. will accept their decision quite philosophically and certainly will not seek to promote the slightest controversy. What is more, I am certain that the R.S.A. would, in in such an event, continue its efforts, and would wholeheartedly support the just claims of the servicemen of this war, whose interests it is, and has been, endeavouring to protect while they have been away. "I muse point out to Mr. Thwaites," said Mr. Jacobs, "that the majority of servicemen who are members of his association are also members of the R.S.A., and he must, therefore, realise that there is no bar to joining the R.S.A. providing one has the qualifications of overseas service and an honourable discharge. In conclusion, I would suggest that Mr. Thwaites write me full details of his proposal as briefly outlined in the Press." (Mr. ThTvaites' statement appears on Page S.)

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UNITY PROPOSAL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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UNITY PROPOSAL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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