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Wednesday, 24 September 1941


Senator CAMERON (Victoria) . - On Thursday last I asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Army (Senator Foll) the following question, upon notice: -

Has the Government issued any instruction or regulation which would allow any young man under the age of 21 years to enlist as a member of the Australian Imperial Force without the consent of his parents?

That question has not been answered although I am sure that the information I desire could he obtained within 24 hours. The Government knows well what the position is, and all I want is a plain statement of fact. My reason for asking the question is that a number of complaints have been made to me with respect to the attitude adopted by certain military officers in intimidating or coercing young men under 21 years of age into joining the Australian Imperial Force. I am not in a position to say whether these complaints are justified, but the fact remains that complaints are being made. It is also a fact that in regard to one case which has been brought to my notice I have not got a satisfactory reply from the General

Officer Commanding the Southern Division or his subordinates. On the8th September, I addressed the following letter to Major Saber in Melbourne -







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