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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Mr CURTIN - The arrangement which has been made with the American Forces in Australia is identical with that which would operate in respect of British Forces in Australia, or Australian Forces in a British theatre of war. The Commonwealth Government exercises no discrimination. If the CommanderinChief of the visiting forces requests that the person detained shall be handed over to his authority for trial, that procedure is followed. If the honorable gentleman will bring to my notice any instances of alleged inconsistencies, I shall ascertain whether they arose as the result of the Commander-in Chief of the American Forces not making a request that the person detained should be handed over to an American court martial.

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