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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr BOWDEN - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Yes.

2.   If apprehended, decision would lie with the Admiralty, as to whether the deserter should be claimed for further service, and/or whether any punishment should be awarded. If the Admiralty decide that disciplinary action is to be taken, the deserter would be sent to the nearest Royal Navy or Royal Australian Navy ship or establishment, where punishment would be awarded..

3.   If the Admiralty decide that the deserter should not be claimed for further service, a protecting certificate to this effect would be furnished to the deserter by the Navy Office. It might be mentioned that on the outbreak of /ar ] the Admiralty, granted an amnesty to all deserters who reported. "

The' honorable member has put -a hypothetical ease. If he has any concrete instance I can hare inquiries made into the cose.

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