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Thursday, 3 September 1942

Mr CONELAN - Is the Minister for the Army aware that in numerous instances married men who have been called up for service in the Army have strong claims to have their cases reviewed on compassionate grounds by a magistrate, but find that a magistrate has no jurisdiction to hear and determine the matter, because they are under the control of the Army? Will the honorable gentleman see that this matter is rectified, and that these men shall have the right of appeal before being taken into the Army?

Mr FORDE - I take it that the complaint is that sufficient time does not elapse, between the call-up of the men for medical examination and their being sworn in as members of the Army, to enable them to appeal to a police magistrate on the grounds of hardship.

Mr Conelan - They have no right to appeal.

Mr FORDE - I am assured by the military authorities that ample time is allowed, after the call-up and the medical examination, for application to be made to a police magistrate, but that in many instances the application is not lodged until a man has been notified that he must present himself at a certain drill hall; then, having been attested, it is too late for him to lodge an appeal. I shall give the fullest consideration to the honorable member's representations.

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