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WANGANUI," Tuesday

Although it is claimed that the primary production of the Dominion is suffering through a labour shortage, the secretary of the Wanganui District Council of Primary Production, Mr. A. R. Donaldson, reported to the monthly meeting of the council that, he did not know of one vacancy on a farm for a serviceman in the council's district.

Farmers could certainly do with more labour, and he could place two men on farms immediately, said the deputy-chairman, Mr. T. E. Wilson.

Young men were coming to his office seeking jobs, said Mr. Donaldson, but he' had nothing to offer. Some, still in Air Force uniform, had interviewed him, seeking release from service, but unless they could specify jobs to go to he could not appeal for them.

"A good deal of the trouble was caused by the picture painted to the men when overseas about having farms for them," commented a member of the council.

Mr. Donaldson suggested that production- council branch secretaries should make lists of the jobs offering in their districts.

Mr. Wilson said that even when Armed Forces Appeal Boards agreed to releases, the final say rested with the servicemen's commanding officer. If he agreed to release too many men he would lose his job. Another member: That is where all the trouble is coming from. Many ex-servicemen seeking jobs had already farm experience and were looking for what amounted to a short finishing course, possibly in preparation for taking over farms of their own, said Mr. A. Campion. It was agreed that such a position was hard to fill.

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WORK ON FARMS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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WORK ON FARMS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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