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Tuesday, 31 August 1920

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - On the 19th August the honorable member for Barrier (Mr. Considine) asked me -

1.   Whether the lad, Clement George Huckell, who was sentenced to fourteen days' imprisonment on one charge, and seven days on another charge, for breaches of the compulsory military service sections of the Defence Act, on 26th March, 1920, and who was released from military custody upon serving fourteen days, was released upon instructions from the Minister or some subordinate official?

2.   Is it a fact that this lad was re-arrested on the 13th instant, and conveyed to Fort Largs, South Australia?

3.   Had the lad been called upon to return to hisformer custody in accordance with the provisions of the Defence Act?

I am now in a position to furnish the honorable member with the following information : -

Cadet Clement George Huckell was sentenced to two terms of detention, viz., fourteen days and seven days respectively, for breaches of discipline, the sentences to be cumulative. The first term was served forthwith, and expired on 8th April, 1920. Instead of serving the additional term immediately, Huckell was not called upon until 13th August - through misinterpretation by the Area Officer of departmental instructions governing such cases - to undergo the further detention of seven days. This detention expired on 18th August, 1920.

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