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Thursday, 11 June 1914

Senator GARDINER - In view of the fact that solitary confinement is repugnant to the feelings of most of the people, will the Minister immediately give orders to discontinue the system in the Department?

Senator MILLEN - I am not prepared to do that, but am endeavouring to bring the whole matter under review. I am inviting the Department to again go into certain suggestions which I have placed before them, to see 'if it is possible to avoid this form of punishment, without, at the same time, leaving a lad who is so disposed free to practically laugh at the whole system, and the Department itself. As I told the House yesterday, I am looking for a practical way out of the difficulty with which I am confronted.

Senator Rae - One way out of the difficulty would be to sentence recalcitrant cadets to read the honorable senator's speeches.

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