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Friday, 28 May 1915

Mr BRENNAN - I desire to ask the Attorney-General if, when he is perusing regulation 54 of the regulations referred to by the honorable member for Angas, he will direct his attention to regulation 55 to ascertain if it is not a fact that the naturalized subjects of countries allied wilh us in this war may be interned indefinitely without any right of trial, and without any recourse to the High Court, such as is given to persons of German blood under the next regulation ?

Mr HUGHES - I would direct the honorable member's attention to subclause 2 of clause 3 of the regulations -

Nothing in these regulations shall be construed as affecting the right to trial by a civil Court of persons, other than alien enemies or persons subject to the Naval Discipline Act or to military law, for offences against the Act.

That is quite clear, and I should advisethat the Minister had no authority in thatregard.

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