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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator FOSTER (Tasmania) . - The Minister might agree to sub-clause 1 of Senator Elliott's proposed new section 123 1 if altered to read as follows

An officer or soldier of the Military Forces, upon having made any complaint in pursuance of the last preceding section, shall be entitled to inspect any official book, document, or record relating to the matter in respect to which he has made such complaint, and may, in any complaint subsequently made toy him, state whether or not he agrees with the statement set out in any such book, document, or record.

If a man puts up a complaint which he believes can be substantiated, he ought to be allowed to inspect the records dealing with his own case.

Senator Pearce - Who is to be the judge as to whether they relate to his complaint ?

Senator FOSTER - He certainly cannot be the judge in that matter; but, as the Minister has agreed that a man should have the right of appeal, his record ought to be made available to him.

Senator Pearce - I understand that is done unless there is good reason to the contrary. In any case, if a document were refused, the man would be entitled in his appeal to draw attention to the fact. That is the ordinary right of any person who submits a complaint.

Senator FOSTER - In view of the statement made by the Minister I shall not pursue the matter any further.

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