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Friday, 16 August 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I move_

That the amendment be agreed to.

I am informed by the drafting officers that at the commencement of Federation it was the practice to refer in clauses of amending Bills to the sections of the Act which they proposed to amend, but that that practice has now been discontinued. This clause has been inserted in order to conform with the existing practice.

Senator Clemons - Is the object to make the clauses easier to understand?

Senator PEARCE - Yes.

Senator Clemons - It has that effect ?

Senator PEARCE - Yes.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould -If the sections are not named, will not one have to hunt through the whole Act in order to find the part which it is proposed to amend ?

Senator PEARCE - The honorable senator has misunderstood my explanation. The reference to sections will only be omitted from section 2 of the principal Act. Suppose that clause 6 seeks to amend section 35 of that Act, that reference will still be retained. But it is not considered necessary to put the references to sections in this clause, which is almost in the nature of a preamble.

Senator Sir JOSIAHSYMON (South Australia) [11. 13]. - I understand from the Minister that in section 2 of the principal Act reference is made to the description of the parts into which the Act is divided. For instance, the introductory portion comprises sections 1 to 7. I understand that the only object of this clause is to delete that reference?

Senator Pearce - Yes.

Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON - That appears to be all right.

Motion agreed to.

House of Representatives' Amendment.- After clause 1 insert the following new clause : - " ib. Section twenty-one a of the Principal Act is amended by inserting in sub-section (3) thereof after the words 'officers' the words 'who prior to the first day of January, One thousand nine hundred and eleven, completed the examination for promotion to the rank of LieutenantColonel Or Major respectively, or to officers.' "

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