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Thursday, 5 March 1942

Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Army) - Very stringent action was taken recently in regard to enemy aliens. Two officers were deputed to concentrate on the work, with results that have already been reported to me. I shall advise the honorable gentleman later of the number of internments. This work is still proceeding. For security reasons, it is not wise to give details in reply to a question. The Government has decided to enrol in civilian labour corps enemy aliens against whom a charge cannot be made on security 'grounds. It is intended that they shall be compelled to do whatever work is . allotted to them. The 'Government .believes that, in the present all-in effort, every one who can render assistance should do so and that enemy aliens should not have 'an advantage over any other section of the people.

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