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Thursday, 11 June 1914

Senator MILLEN - I have caused inquiries to be made, and am informed that there was no court martial.

Senator Guthrie - What was it?

Senator MILLEN - The action of the Commandant there was responsible for what has taken place.

Senator Guthrie - Was that legal?

Senator MILLEN - It has been the law ever since tie Defence Act has been in force.

Senator Guthrie - Can an officer pitt a man in prison?

Senator MILLEN - That is the procedure that exists all over Australia today, and has existed for some time. I am not saying whether it is good, bad, or indifferent. Another point raised in yesterday's discussion was the size and character of the room or cell in which the lad was detained. I am informed that it is a room 9 ft. 3 in. by 9 ft. 3 in., by 9 feet high. I venture to say that many honorable senators have slept on occasion in smaller bedrooms than that. The lad gets one hour's exercise in the morning, and one in the afternoon. I can give particulars of the diet allowed, and am certain that no complaint can be made of it. Generally speaking, the boy has meat six days a week, oatmeal every day, potatoes and other vegetables every other day, and cheese on four days, with as much bread as he cares to have.

Senator Rae - I am not speaking of the diet ; I am complaining of the solitary confinement.

Senator MILLEN - Senator Rae is not the whole Senate. Other honorable senators raised the question. The following are particulars of the diet per day -


I think that information justifies my claim that on the score of diet the boy has no complaint to make. Another question was asked as to the rules he has to observe. He has to get up at 6 a.m. , and go to bed at 8.45 p.m., lights out at 9 p.m. He is visited by the doctor every day. There are two windows in the room in which he is confined, and the door is kept ajar all day and secured by a chain. The windows are not glazed, but covered with wire mesh.

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