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The women believed heroic Captain Morgan Travis was on the lonely hearts website looking for love Ms Smith said: 'Despite having obtained substantial sums of money he then decided to say Morgan Travis had been arrested for money laundering and requested money in the guise of Sergeant James Wayne who said he was a friend of Travis.'Despite discovering Morgan Travis was a lie dreamt up by a Nigerian man called Tosin Olasemo she continued an online relationship with him after telling her he had committed the fraud because he had borrowed money from Nigerian militants and now owed them money under pain of death.Ms Smith said: 'Unfortunately she still felt an attachment to the defendant and stayed in contact for some time and sent him more money until a lady claiming to be the Danish wife of Olasemo contacted her.Since 'universal' was a misnomer, about half that number were exempted from training, or perhaps never registered, reducing the group to 175,000." There was also extensive opposition to boyhood conscription resulting in, by July 1915, some 34,000 prosecutions and 7,000 detentions of trainees, parents, employers or other persons required to register.Under Labor prime minister Billy Hughes, full conscription for overseas service was attempted during WWI through two plebiscites." He promptly crossed the floor with about half of the parliamentary party, creating a new National Labor Party and surviving as prime minister by forming a conservative Nationalist government dependent for support on the Commonwealth Liberal Party.After the first plebiscite the government used the War Precautions Act and the Unlawful Associations Act to arrest and prosecute anti-conscriptionists such as Tom Barker, editor of Direct Action and many other members of the Industrial Workers of the World and E. Coombe (who had three sons at the front) of the Daily Herald.In 1909, the Federal government of Prime Minister Alfred Deakin introduced legislation for a form of conscription for boys from 12 to 14 years of age and for youths from 18 to 20 years of age for the purposes of home defence.The legislation did not allow soldiers to be conscripted for overseas service.
Some military slang words, such as digger, have become widely used by Australians in general.However, trade unions feared that their members might be replaced by cheaper foreign or female labour and opposed conscription.Some groups argued that the whole war was immoral, and it was unjust to force people to fight.Conscription in Australia, or mandatory military service also known as national service, has a controversial history dating back to the first years of nationhood.