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Tuesday, 29 September 1942


Senator FRASER (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for External Territories) - The Minister for the Army has supplied the following answer: - .

No internees have been released from internment for service in a labour unit, except 519 internees who are held in Australia by agreement with the United Kingdom Government and were arrested in either the United Kingdom or the Straits Settlements. This action was taken with the concurrence of the United Kingdom Government.

Certain other persons who have been interned and released at a later stage may have been called up, or have volunteered for service in a labour unit, but the number has not been recorded.

Detailed information could be obtained, but it would involve the searching of a largenumber of individual files, and it is not considered that the time and work required to accomplish this would be in the public interest.







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