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Tuesday, 14 May 1957


Sir WILFRED KENT HUGHES (Chisholm) . - I am sorry, but I should again like a little clarification. Clause 19 provides that -

Section thirty-five B of the Principal Act is repealed and the following section inserted in its stead: - " 35b. - (1.) A person who is deemed to have been enlisted for service under this Act and -

(a)   in accordance with conditions determined by the Military Board, is found to be medically unfit for further service in the Citizen Military Forces; or

(b)   in the opinion of the Military Board, is unsuitable for further service, may, notwithstanding the provisions of sections thirty-three and fifty-one of this Act, be discharged from the Citizen Military Forces. " (2.) A person so discharged is not liable to render further service under this Act.

Those two proposed sub-sections are clear enough, but what does proposed sub-section (3.), which follows, mean? It provides that - " (3.) Where the Military Board is satisfied that a person who, by virtue of sub-section (2.) or (3.) of section thirty-three of this Act, is a member of the Citizen Military Forces but is not liable to render further service under this Act -

(a)   will, if he is discharged under this sub section, be enlisted in the Citizen Naval Forces, the Citizen Air Force, the Permanent Forces, the Naval, Military or Air Forces of any part of the Queen's dominions other than Australia, or the Naval, Military or Air Forces of a prescribed country; and

(b)   will, upon being so enlisted, be liable to serve in the forces in which he enlists during a period that is not less than the period during which he is liable under whichever of those sub-sections is applicable, to remain a member of the Citizen Military Forces, that person may, notwithstanding the provisions of section thirty-three of this Act, be discharged from the Citizen Military Forces as from the date on which he is so enlisted.".

What I cannot understand is this: Does he serve the remainder of the period with anything other than the Citizen Military Forces? If he is not liable to render further service, how is it that he can be enlisted in the permanent forces? Here again, if we had explanations of the clauses, I should not be in the difficulty that I find myself at the present time. As I say, I cannot understand why, if a person is not liable to render any further service under the act, he can be enlisted in the permanent forces.







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