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Friday, 24 August 1923

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE (Warringah) (7:12 AM) . - I have listened to the Leader of the Opposition, and I am inclined to think that he is right in his contention ' that under this Bill the Air Force would be subject to the British Army Act. I know that honorable members opposite differ from me in the matter, but I do not think there is anything objectionable in any part of our Forces coming under the British Army Act. I know it was the intention of the Minister for Defence and of the Government to submit a short Bill providing for the establishment of an Air Force which should be subject in no way to the Army Act. We have too much drafting of measures by legal men, and it is very hard indeed for laymen to follow their meaning. A layman could draft a Bill which an ordinary individual could understand at a glance. I know from previous debates that a majority in this House, and I believe a majority of the people outside; are against the incorporation of the Army Act in our legislation. . There should be no trouble in overcoming the difficulty by inserting some provision to say that. ' the Army Act shall not apply to the Air Force. I hope that that will be done, and that the House will pass the Bill so that the Air Force will be established, because we have some very good men who will not continue in our. service indefinitely unless there is a prospect of their permanent employment.

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