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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr MORGAN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister acting for the Attorney-General whether he is aware that Fostars Shoes Proprietary Limited, and the management of that company, have been found not guilty on all counts before a Police Magistrate, a Supreme Court . jury, and the High Court, and this despite the full powers of prosecution vested in the Crown by this Parliament, which provided for the laying- of retrospective charges, and the placing of the onus of proof on the defendant? Will the Minister make a full report to the House on all the circumstances associated with the trial, and the failure of the Crown case? Will he inquire into certain evidence tendered at the trial, but not allowed by the judge, relating to a gramophone record purporting to be a record of an interview between a departmental inspector and the manager of Fostars? Will the Minister state whether the inspectors responsible for the laying of the charges are still in the employment of the Government, . and whether Inspector Gill has been restored to his former position as Chief Inspector in New South Wales ?

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