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Wednesday, 21 July 1915

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) .- In moving -

That the Senate do now adjourn,

I wish to say that a day or two ago Senator Gould asked me whether the Government would cause to be affixed at all military barracks, camps, Police Courts, and post-offices throughout the Commonwealth the names of deserters from our Expeditionary Forces. I informed him that it was intended to have a list of deserters posted at the military barracks and camps. After full consideration', it has been decided not to have them affixed at post-offices and Police Courts. I need scarcely point out that there may be cases in which some reasons may justifiably he urged in extenuation of a man's desertion. Of course, when he is convicted of desertion all those reasons are taken into consideration in determining his punishment. But there have been cases in which men have deserted, and in which just reasons have been urged in mitigation of their conduct. It is thought that the affixing of those lists of deserters at military barracks and camps will be sufficient.

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