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Wednesday, 10 April 1946

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - In many Japanese prisoner-of-war camps, Australian soldiers were under administration of their own officers who had authority to impose fines upon other ranks. The main offence. for which fines were imposed was that of going outside the wire in search of food which, when brought into the camps, was generally divided amongst, the prisoners, including officers. Many men owe their lives to those supplies of food. It has been suggested that fines imposed upon prisoners of war during their detention should be waived, and I should like to know whether the Minister for the

Army favours this suggestion,

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