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Thursday, 27 March 1969


Senator DEVITT asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

1.   Does the Department of the Army normally pursue a policy of presumption of guilt of a national serviceman charged with an offence before he is proved innocent?

2.   If not, what authority has the Army, real or assumed, to stop the pay and allowances of the wife and family of a serviceman charged with a simple offence, the blame for which may be attributable to the Service and not the serviceman?

3.   What remedies lie with the serviceman to redress injury arising from this unfair and seemingly unjust practice?







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