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Friday, 19 July 1946

Mr McEWEN (INDI, VICTORIA) - Recently in this House, I referred to a. Royal Australian Navy administrative decision which had disqualified a young seaman from entitlement to his deferred pay because, after some years of service and the cessation of hostilities, he, upon the refusal of his commanding officer to grant to him leave to visit his home in order to meet, for the first time for years, brothers who had been prisoners of war, absented himself without leave for a fortnight and then returned voluntarily to his ship, whereupon he was posted as a deserter. Will the Minister for the Navy state whether any decision has been made or action taken in the matter?

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