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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Mr BRENNAN (BATMAN, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for Air whether a record is taken of the proceedings of courts martial which sit to hear disciplinary charges against members of the Royal Australian Air Force? If so, is the Minister supplied with a copy of the proceedings? In that event, will the honorable gentleman make available, for perusal by honorable members of the House, the reports of proceedings in cases which may be of particular interest to them?

Mr DRAKEFORD - Records of proceedings are kept. I believe that they are made available to the Minister if he desires to seĀ© them. In one case the records were made available to me. It is obvious, however, that a Minister who read the proceedings of every court martial would not be doing his job properly.

Mr James - What about when a member of this House is affected?

Mr DRAKEFORD - I did not understand the question to relate to a court martial of a member of the House, r was asked whether reports of proceedings were made available to the Minister. One has been made available to me. I suppose I -would be the authority to decide whether such a report should be made available to a.ny one else. I understand that records of serving members are regarded, as personal and secret, and that, therefore, they should not be made available to private members.

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