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Wednesday, 4 December 1935

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The term, " served in a. theatre of war," is not easy of definition. I have a very clear recollection of the difficulty of establishing definitions, because on one occasion I spent about a fortnight in endeavouring to induce a court to define when a man was engaged in active or military services within the meaning of the Defence Act of South Australia. All I can say is that the term " served in a theatre of war " received the most careful consideration, and I think the draftsmen have hit upon a very satisfactory definition.

Senator Collett - It may be argued that the definition implies the existence of friendly forces of the enemy.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am afraid that the honorable senator is endeavouring to split hairs. " Hostile forces " certainly means forces that are engaged in active hostilities. I understand that the definition is modelled, to a large extent, on that in the Canadian act.

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