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Friday, 19 July 1912

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - I doubt whether it is advisable to transfer cases of infringement by, cadets of the regulations prescribing the amount of drill to the Children's Courts. In the Children's Courts cases of a certain character are investigated with a certain and quite proper seclusion.

Senator Guthrie - There is no seclusion about the Children's Courts.

Senator ST LEDGER - I am aware that any one who insists upon doing so may enter a Children's Court, but the feeling of the Court and public opinion generally is decidedly in favour of a certain amount of seclusion. L wish to say that if cadet cases are brought before these Courts, pending the trial of them the lads may hear some most undesirable things. I admit that it is possible that they may hear things that are undesirable .in the ordinary magistrates' Courts ; but I think these cases should be left to the jurisdiction of the ordinary Courts.

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