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Thursday, 26 June 1941

Senator CAMERON (VICTORIA) asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for the

Army, upon notice -

1.   How many persons of enemy origin have been interned in Australia since the declaration of war in September, 1939?

2.   In what States have they been interned, and what number ineach State?

3.   How many of them have been sent to Australia by the Imperial authorities?

4.   How many have been granted their release by the Imperial authorities since their arrival in Australia?

5.   How many have been released by the Internee Courts of Appeal, appointed for the purpose in Australia?

6.   If any, onwhat grounds have they been released?

7.   How many Internee Courts of Appeal have been appointed in Australia, and what is the approximate cost annually of their maintenance?

SenatorFOLL. - The Minister far the Army has supplied the following answers : - 1to6. I regret that I am not in a position to furnish this information as it is not in the national interest that it should be disclosed.

7.   (a)Nineteen, namely, seven for the purposes of National Security (General) Regulation 26, and twelve for the purposes of National Security. (Aliens Control) Regulation 20. (b)The annual cost of maintenance depends on the number of appeals which are dealt: with from time to timebyeach particular tribunal and cannot be estimatedwith any degree of accuracy for any particular period of time.

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