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FURTHER CASES HEARD ' "You hold conscientious views about killing. What about lying?" the No. 1 Revision Authority, Mr. A. H. Johnstone, K.C., asked Ronald Ben Scott, formerly a baker's roundsman, of Riccarton, when he made application this morning for release from detention camp. "If a man can benefit by doing so good luck to him, but if he can't, it is better to tell the truth," witness replied. To a further question, applicant said he swore and blasphemy sometimes entered into his swearing Mr. Johnstone: You have no strong views about ordinary problems of morality? Applicant: No. Mr. Johnstone: What about sex matters?—l have not gone into it much. The Authority: I won't press you further. Applicant stated that he did not belong to any religious body and based his application on humanitarian grounds. To the Crown representative. Mr Greenberg, applicant said he had not "read up on the matter" or joined any body with views on war similar to his. Decision was reserved. Objection Based on Scriptures Norman Leslie Muldoon, aged 21, formerly a blacksmith's apprentice, of Christchurch, said his parents belonged to the Christian Assembly and meetings were held at their home. At the age of 14 applicant "made open profession." His objection to war was based on the Scriptures. Referring to applicant taking the iroceeds of the sale of some rabbits, trapped with the permission of the camp supervisor and sold through a member of the staff, applicant said he did not realise he was breaking the camp rules until such was pointed out to him. Mr. Greenberg said he would be calling a witness on this point and after other evidence had been given the case was,adjourned until the Crown witness is available.

"Like Helping Bank Robber" Non-combatant service was likened to holding a first-aid kit for a bank robber by Matthew Johnson Frost, formerly a farmer, of Waitakere. Applicant, who said he was an active member of the Christian Assembly, made his application on religious grounds. "Social objection to war" was the basis of the application of Leonard Bowden Suttie, aged 39, formerly a newspaper delivery worker, of Christchurch. Applicant said he was brought up in the Presbyterian Church, but left at the age of about 11 years. The Authority: Were the sermons a bit long? Applicant: I was working on Sundays on a milk round. Evidence was given by applicant as to his pacifist activities. These included assisting at an anti-war meeting, at which' one of the speakers was a man who was now a Cabinet member.' collecting signatures for a petition to the world disarmament conference and distributing pacifist pamphlets at a local meeting held to stimulate interest in defence. He put in an affidavit confirming that he had given liberally of his time and money to pacifist organisations. The case was adjourned until this afternoon. Decisions Given Reserved decisions were given by the No. 1 Revision Authority, Mr. A. H. Johnstone, K.C., yesterday as follows:— Released on parole.—Howard Leith Arnold, Te Puke, French polisher; lan Douglas Browne, Takapuna, chiropractor; John Stanley Byers, Piha, apiarist; Ivor Lawrence Cullen, of Auckland, farmer; Godfrey Maurice John Curran, Tauranga, -carpenter; Frederick Henry Harrison, Avondale, hospital worker; James Horace Langman, New Plymouth, labourer; David Stanley McCarthey, Te Puke, farm hand; Malcolm Knight McKenzie, Matamata, carpenter; Frederick Horace Phillips, Waitara, farmer. Applications refused. — Leslie George Batten, Onehunga. theatre employee; Mervyn Stanley Bergesen, Ohakune, gardener; Kenneth Sydney.' killings, Mount Albert,, electrician; Hyril Edgar Chievers, Onehunga, factory hand; Ronald Albert Chievers* Onehunga, factory worker; John Drysdale, Dunedin, painter; Daniel David Erceg, Te Kopuru, farmer; Derrick Corbett Hancock, St. Albans, nurseryman; Hubert Keith Harmish, Mount Albert, tractor driver; Harold Watts Alfred McCarthy, Auckland, watersider; Mervyn Langstone Needham, Heme Bay, electrician; Roden George William Oakes, Hawera, cheeseman; Colin Kelso Osbaldiston, Riverhead, share milker; Hugh Allen Parker, Taupaki, farmer; Bert Powell, Gisborne, fireman; Eric Clifford Prouse, Deyonport, labourer: Robert Allen Quigg, farmer, Waihi; Arthur Colin Rau, Manurewa. cannister maker; Alfred Owen Richards, Thames, gardener; Noel Birrell Sly, Papatoetoe, clerk; Ivan Arthur Thomas Ward, Stratford, carpenter: Frederick Yates, Trentham, bricklayer.

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LYING APPROVED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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LYING APPROVED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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