[‘2 years gaol (jail) for something he didn’t do’ from the Riley and Ephemera Collection ‘Conscription. Anti. Undated’, poster collection] At his first press conference after being sworn in by the Governor-General on 5 December 1972, the Prime Minister, Mr Whitlam, advised that there would be no further call-up. Those who had received notices would not be obliged to act on them and had not further obligation under the National Service Act. The Prime Minister had also instructed the new Attorney-General, Senator Murphy, QC, ‘that all pending prosecutions are to be withdrawn. The Commonwealth Police have been asked to withhold execution of outstanding warrants and papers have been prepared for the Governor-General to remit the sentences, the remaining portion of all prison sentences, of those who are now in prison and also the remission of all outstanding fines.’ He advised that he had already signed the necessary papers and that they would be submitted to the Governor-General.
Anti-Conscription Poster Related to Kan McClelland, High School Teacher
‘Demonstrate April 18th Ken McClelland Teacher/Draft/Resister’ from the Riley and Ephemera Collection ‘Conscription. Anti. 1972-1975’, poster collection On 18 April 1972, Ken McClelland, a teacher at Hawkesdale High School in Victoria, was sentenced to serve 18 months in Pentridge Prison for failing to obey his National Service call up notice. After the Labor Government came to power in December 1972, Governor-General Sir Paul Hasluck, was instructed to sign papers remitting the sentences of seven jailed draft resisters, including Ken McClelland. Another was Bob Scates, who had been imprisoned for 14 months. They were released on 7 December 1972.