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Friday, 16 August 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - The first of the new clauses inserted by the House of Representatives adds the words " aerial machine" after the word "bullock." It practically gives power to commandeer things in time of war; and as aerial machines are becoming more and more important in warfare, we desire to have power to commandeer them also.

Senator Clemons - The words " aerial machine" read very awkwardly after the word " bullock." It seems awful.

Senator PEARCE - The second new clause, 3B, deals with the question of prosecutions. The provisions are technical. They remedy defects which have been discovered as the result of prosecutions under the existing Act. They are proposed under the advice of the Crown law authorities, and will facilitate prosecutions. I move -

That the amendment be agreed to.

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