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Wednesday, 25 June 1941

Senator FRASER - The naval authorities will not state the reasons for rejection. In these instances which came to any notice last month, the naval authorities merely said that the applications had not been approved.

Senator Leckie - Had those boys been guilty of some misdemeanour?

Senator FRASER - Yes. Recently, a magistrate in one of our Children's Courts refused to impose a fine on a lad who had been found guilty of stealing apples because the recording of a conviction might prevent the lad from joining the Navy.

Senator Foll - If that action is being taken because of some early trivial offence, I can only say that it is silly.

Senator FRASER - I shall supply the Minister with details of these cases if he so desires, and I hope that this policy will be altered.

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