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Thursday, 5 March 1942

Senator McLEAY asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

Is it true that the Army Department proposes to allow conscientious objectors freedom from non-combatant duties, whilst married men with children included in the call-up groups are obliged to perform combatant as well as non-combatant duties?

SenatorFRASER. - The Minister for theArmy has supplied the following answer : -

Persons who claim ' that their conscientious beliefs will not permit them to perform either combatant or non-combatant military service are required to establish such claims before a Court of Summary Jurisdiction.

The court may order that the claimant - (a)be enrolled for military service in a non-combatant unit, or

(b)   be registered in the register of conscientious objectors, either conditionally or unconditionally.

If such registration is conditional, the condition is that he shall undertake such work of a civil character and under civilian control and at such pay as the Minister for Labour and National Servicemay direct.

Married men with children, without conscientious beliefs will be called up for military service as required, but every consideration is being given to calling up unmarried men and married men without families first.

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