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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Air the following questions: -

1.   Is it a fact that the honorable member for Watson, who is AC2 Falstein, S. M.; has been sentenced by a Royal Australian Air Force court martial to 28 days detention in Holdsworthy Military Camp?

2.   If so - (a) Is the honorable gentleman satisfied that AC2 Falstein received a fair trial ? (Z>) Does he intend to take action against Squadron Leader A. R. Gorrie, who abused AC2 Falstein by saying " It is like your hide to make an illegal request. Just because you are a member of Parliament you can't do everything." ?

3.   Is it a fact that Squadron Leader Gorrie was removed from the command of Bradfield Park Station, and was subsequently reinstated by the exercise of pressure on the Air Board?

4.   On the facts disclosed, does the honorable gentleman consider that Squadron Leader Gorrie is a fit and proper person to continue to hold his present rank and post?

5.   Will the honorable gentleman move for the appointment of a select committee of this Parliament to review all the circumstances of the case and report thereon ?

6.   Is Holdsworthy military gaol the filthy hole that it was when the present Minister for Labour and National Service, in this Parliament about eighteen months ago, attacked the conditions that he alleged existed there ?

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