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Tuesday, 16 March 1971

Senator WRIGHT - The honourable senator refers to 2 cases which have been determined by magistrates under the National Service Act, one of which was in Victoria and the other in Western Australia. It would be quite misleading for me to comment upon those 2 cases without refreshing my mind as to the circumstances of each case and ascertaining with accuracy the criteria upon which the magistrates' decisions depended. I shall refer the matter to the Attorney-General and ensure that a considered answer is given. That will take note of the other matters to which the honourable senator referred. It would be of no use for me to comment hypothetically upon those matters without consideration of whether the provisions of the statute or the factual circumstances of each case led to different decisions by the 2 magistrates.

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