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Thursday, 2 May 1957

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - What sort of a government have we got? What sort of an army have we got? Apparently it is necessary to bow and scrape and behave like a whipped cur in the presence of a general in order to be even heard. A soldier in the Army has not the same rights as a civilian who is employed by the Government. Whereas a civilian has the right to have an appeal heard by an impartial authority, a soldier has no such right. He has a technical right. He has what may be called a " paper " right for the redress of wrongs, and then a right of appeal to the Military Board. But he is not supposed to go to a member of Parliament or he will get into trouble.

Mr Cramer - He will not.

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Of course he will. This man has only come to me because he has nothing to lose. In any event he will finish his period of service on the 8th May and the fact that he has come to me cannot make the position any worse. He has adopted the attitude of all desperate men and said, " It cannot be any worse than it is. I will go to a member of Parliament in the faint glimmer of hope of having my wrong redressed ". I ask the Minister for the Army whether it is possible for him to inquire into this case. It is perhaps too much to ask the Minister to see the man personally.

Mr Cramer - You can send him to mp


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