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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - I ask the Acting Attorney-General whether it is a fact that a man has been held in the Russell-street . Police Station, Melbourne, since Thursday last, without being charged, on the ground that he allegedly accepted a bribe of £10 to secure the release of some person from military service? By whose direction are persons held without being charged, and without being afforded the opportunity to obtain bail in order to prepare a defence? Will the Acting Attorney-General see that the procedure adopted in respect of persons who are charged under the National Security Act conforms to the general procedure in the States, whereby persons are charged at the earliest possible moment, thus affording them an opportunity to secure bail? Is the delay in preferring a charge against the man in question due to the fact that the papers had been sent to Canberra, and the Victorian Police are still awaiting directions from the Solicitor-General here?

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