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Wednesday, 20 April 1966

Mr WHITLAM - In the absence of the Minister for the Army I ask the Prime Minister a question without notice concerning the detention and punishment of Gunner O'Neill.

Mr Harold Holt - The Minister for Defence is here.

Mr WHITLAM - The right honorable gentleman had interested himself in this case at an earlier stage and I thought he was the proper Minister to whom I should address the question. In view of the illegal punishment which Gunner O'Neill has already undergone in Vietnam and also in view of the petitions he has lodged against the severity of the sentence and against the dishonorable discharge imposed by his court martial, will the Prime Minister arrange for Gunner O'Neill to be released from detention pending a decision on these petitions?

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