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Thursday, 31 March 1966

Mr SNEDDEN - Yesterday the honorable member for Yarra, in a question addressed to me, asked - ls it a fact that there is doubt as to whether it is legally correct to send Australian servicemen overseas without their consent?

My reply was -

I know of no legal doubt to this question. 1 went on to say -

The first time I have heard it raised is by the question now asked by the honorable member for Yarra. Because of the significance of the question, I will examine it very closely and I will undertake to give an opinion on it.

At the time the legislation was passed, my Department and I closely examined the question and came to the conclusion that there was no doubt either constitutionally or on other grounds. I have now further examined this question at the request of the honorable member for Yarra. I am satisfied that the conclusion I then reached was and remains correct.

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