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Tuesday, 16 July 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - The .Government bates more than anybody else long delays in cases in which charges are hanging over somebody's head. However, the Cousens case is unique. There has never before been such a case in Australia, I am glad to say. First, as I have, said previously in this House, the incidents relating tq the case happened in .Tokyo and the people who made the allegations are Japanese and Americans. None of them had to come to Australia. The first problem to decide, when the case was handed to the Attorney-General, was whether there was any jurisdiction in Australia to handle it. Having settled that question more or less positively, attention was then concentrated on locating the witnesses - two Japanese, one male and one female, and one American. They were located. They then had to be asked to come to Australia, . because there was no power to bring them here against their will. They agreed to come, and they are in Australia now. This week they will be interrogated in order to ascertain whether they will repeat the allegations they made in Tokyo. If they do so, the case will go on without, any further delay and, I hope, will be disposed of before the end of the month.

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