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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 1463

Dr Klugman (PROSPECT, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   How many persons have been prosecuted under Section 48 of the National Service Act 1951- 1971 for failing to register in each of the last 10 years.

(2)   When his Department discovers failure to register, is prosecution automatic or selective.

(3)   If it is selective (a) who makes the decision and (b) on what basis is a decision made.

Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

(1)   The present national service scheme has been in operation since January, 1965. The following table shows the numbers of men prosecuted for failure to register since the inception of the scheme.


(2)   and (3) When my Department detects that a man liable to register and to render national service has not registered as required prosecution proceedings are initiated in accordance with the provisions of the National Service Act.

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