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Thursday, 22 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - The Regular Army Emergency Reserve is confined to a relatively small number of men who have volunteered to serve in the Regular Forces at a time when there is an operational need for the various forces to be provided with key men for the purpose of an immediate operation. In relation to the calling up of the citizen forces, it is provided that in time of emergency the citizen forces, or part of them, may be called up by a proclamation which states the reasons for the call up, but only after those reasons have been communicated to the Parliament. In other words, the call up of the Emergency Reserve is what might be described as an administrative act to call up those who have volunteered and are readily available for that immediate purpose. The other relates not only to a more serious state in our international relations but involves also a far greater number of men. At that point, the call up must be by the Parliament, by proclamation.

Senator McKenna - The same would apply to the Regular Army Reserve as to the citizen forces?

Senator PALTRIDGE - Yes.

Clause agreed to.

Senator Cormack - Mr. Chairman, I wish to refer to proposed new section 50d.

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