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Tuesday, 9 November 1976
Page: 2455

Mr KILLEN (Moreton) (Minister for Defence) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This is a small procedural Bill which seeks to amend the Defence Act. It arises out of a suggestion made by the Chief of the Air Staff that the term 'air' within the Royal Australian Air Force organisation is confusing some people because they believe that it applies to civil aviation. The purpose of the Bill, m effect, is to put that position beyond all doubt. The term 'air' within the RAAF organisation will be replaced by the term 'air force'. Therefore, 'Air Office' will become 'Air Force Office' and 'Defence Instructions (Air)' issued by the Chief of Air Staff under the Defence Act will become 'Defence Instructions (Air Force) '. That is the thrust of the Bill. It seeks to amend section 9A of the Defence Act and also makes routine amendments to the Defence Act. I have already said to the honourable member for Adelaide (Mr Hurford) who is at the table, that I do not think it is the sort of Bill which will cause tumult throughout the country. Nevertheless, it is a Bill which I commend to honourable members.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hurford) adjourned.

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