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Thursday, 10 September 1942

Mr Spender r asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

1.   What is the purpose of and the grounds for the promulgation of Statutory Rule No. 369 of 1942, providing that permission may be granted to internees to perform work whether inside or outside the place of internment?

2.   Does the regulation extend to all internees of whatever character or is it confined to any specific class of internees, and, if so, to which class?

Mr Forde - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   Statutory Rule No. 369 of 1942 was promulgated in order to provide express authority for the voluntary employment of internees on works other tuan those in connexion with the administration, internal arrangement and maintenance of internment camps, which, under sub-regulation (2) of regulation 6 of National Security (Internment Camps) Regulations, they can be compelled to perform. The new regulation is not the result of any change of policy in regard to the employment of internees, but is declaratory only, being designed to overcome any possibility that the existing method by which internees are employed might be queried on the ground that it was unsupported by express authority.

2.   The regulation extends to all internees, but, being of a purely permissive nature, it can be confined to such volunteers as it is considered advisable.

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