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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr BRENNAN - I direct a question to the Acting Attorney-General with regard to prosecutions that have been initiated in Melbourne for alleged offences against national security, involving the hindering of what is known as " the war effort ". I ask the honorable gentleman whether, in those cases in which offences are triable alternatively before a stipendiary magistrate or by a jury, he has consented to the cases being tried by a magistrate? Will he preferably adhere to the time-honoured practice of having the charges dealt with as indictable offences before juries?

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