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Wednesday, 5 November 1913

Senator BLAKEY (VICTORIA) - Does the Minister of Defence know if it is a fact that two lads named Size were imprisoned at Largs Fort, in South Australia, during the last week of September and the first week of October for refusing to drill? Does he know whether, during the first week, the lads were kept on bread and water, one slice of bread per meal, and pushed round the parade ground and threatened by the officers if they did not obey orders ? Is it a fact that, during the first week, the lads had to sleep on the floor, with only one blanket, and that they were allowed out of their cell - the cell being 12 feet by 9 feet, in which one night nine lads were confined- once or twice during the day for exercise, but that they were not allowed to communicate with other lads? Will he make inquiries to see whether a pamphlet embodying the foregoing statements, which has been circulated amongst honorable senators, is correct, and, if so, will he see that a repetition of the' incident does not occur ?

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