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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 1360

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does the AttorneyGeneral concede that there are great numbers of young men who have not registered for national service? Does he know of any instance where political influence has been used to relieve any eligible youth of his obligations, as the Government sees them, under the National .Service Act?

Senator GREENWOOD - In answer to the first part of the question I say that I am not aware that there are great numbers of young men who have refused to do national service. This is an allegation constantly repeated notwithstanding constant denials made by the Minister for Labour and National Service and myself inside and outside the Parliament. Still the allegation is persisted in. One wonders how many times one has to state the facts. All I say to anybody who would challenge what I have said and what the Minister for Labour and National Service has said is: Give to me or the Minister for Labour and National Service the name of any person who has not registered for national service or who has not complied with the Act and we shall indicate whether the statements are correct. If the statements are correct, we shall oblige by ensuring that the processes of law are enforced'.

As to whether I have any knowledge of any political influence being brought to bear to prevent a person from carrying out his national service obligations, I say that I have no knowledge whatsoever of this. If by the imputation it is sought to suggest that there has been some such person, I think it is the obligation of the honourable senator to give the details. I categorically reject any basis for that suggestion.

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