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Tuesday, 28 May 1968

Mr LYNCH - As to the latter aspect of the question, the Acting Prime Minister has made clear that this matter will be discussed by him and the Minister for Defence to see whether at this time there is a need for the type of review that does take place from time to time. As to - in a sense - the aegis of power which the honourable member for Fremantle questions, I refer him to Standing Order 183 of the Australian Military (Places of Detention) Regulations and Standing Orders which indicates that every soldier under punishment will be visited during the day at intervals of not more than 3 hours by an appointed member of the staff. Parent instructions make clear that the word 'day' refers to a 24-hour period.

It will be clear from previous answers that a decision as to the intervals of visitation under 3 hours has been, to this stage, a discretionary matter and the discretion has been exercised by the Commandant of the Military Corrective Establishment. It will also be clear to honourable members that that discretionary power has been the subject of a very prompt review by the Military Board. The Board has looked at the matter and has, of course, taken a decision in accordance with the situation which it has noted. Apart from that, in reply to other aspects of the honourable gentleman's question I simply refer him to what I said earlier: This is the normal code of military discipline that is subscribed to by the three Services.

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