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Wednesday, 19 November 1941

Senator COLLINGS - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows : -

1.   and 2. The release of these two men was decided upon by the Government on their each entering into a bond by the terms of which each is bound over in the sum of £50, with a surety in the sum of £100, given by the president, assistant secretary respectively of the Trades and Labour Council of New South Wales, that he will observe and comply with the National Security Act and the regulations thereunder. Each of these two men also signed the following undertaking: - I believe that it is the duty of all Australian citizens to work for national unity and a maximum war effort to secure victory over Nazi-ism and Fascism as early as possible. I undertake to assist in the development of this duty, and I will refrain from all acts which might impede the war effort in any way. Furthermore, I will do all in my power as an individual to ensure the speedy conclusion of the war with victory for the British Commonwealth of Nations and her Allies." The Government was satisfied that the stand taken by Russia in this war had completely altered the former attitude of Thomas and Ratliff and that observance of the undertaking, which they fully offered to give, had removed the cause of the complaint which led to their internment.

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