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Thursday, 11 April 1946

Mr CHAMBERS (ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Will the Minister for the Army consider the advisability of making further remissions of the sentences of service personnel in detention camps, who have been discharged from the -Army. with a view to releasing men who have already served, say. half the period of their original sentence?

Mr FORDE - After the cessation df hostilities, certain remissions of the sentences were made of all those service personnel who were serving periods of detention in camps throughout Australia. An examination is now being made of the whole of the personnel now in detention camps, and particular consideration is being given to those who have already been discharged from the services. I hope to he able to make a recommendation to Cabinet on the matter in the near future, with a view to granting further remissions, having due regard to the crimes that were committed and the fact that the war has ended. I assure the honorable member that the matter which he raised will not be overlooked. '

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