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Thursday, 7 May 1942


Mr FORDE (Capricornia) (Minister for the Army) . - by leave - Yesterday, the honorable member for Dalley (Mr. Rosevear) made a reference to a photograph appearing in the press under the caption "Aliens get down to work at Labour Camp", and showing the members wearing the Australian uniform with the rising sun onhat and shoulder. The honorable member asked whether, from the point of view of safety, enemy aliens should wear the same uniform as our troops. I am now in a position to advise the honorable member that no person is enlisted in a unit of the Australian Military Forces, including labour units, unless the military authorities are fully satisfied that he is a fit and proper person to serve therein, and that no risk to the safety of the nation is involved in his service in the forces. I emphasize that the persons serving in these labour units are the nationals of countries in alliance with us, or persons who come under the category of aliens of the refugee class. In these latter cases, particular care is taken to ensure thatno securityrisk is involved by their service in the forces. After complying with all the conditions which are prescribed for enlistment in the forces, and having been accepted for service therein, these members are required to wear the standard military uniform, and become subject to military control and discipline in the same manner as are all other units of the Australian MilitaryForces.







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