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Tuesday, 28 May 1968

Dr MACKAY (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask a question of the Acting Prime Minister. Has the recent treatment of Private Townsend arisen out of an arbitrary interpretation of military regulations which were drafted in an age when Army personnel were sometimes drawn from types of persons no longer acceptable in our Army and were subject to attitudes of authority long since outmoded in the Australian Army? Will he have the relevant regulations in all three Services reviewed to ensure that sadistic treatment is impossible and that strict discipline and even punishment are carried out with full regard to modern concepts of individual human dignity?

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