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Friday, 16 August 1912


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

That the amendment be agreed to.

Under the Defence Act as it stands, the number of hours for junior cadet training which is carried on in the primary schools, State and private, is 120 per annum. The time is devoted to physical training and miniature rifle shooting. We have recently had a conference of school authorities in Melbourne, and they have reported that that number of hours interferes too much with the ordinary school curriculum. They have discussed the matter with the Defence Department, and, as a result, it was agreed to reduce the number of hours to ninety per annum. This proposal is submitted to carry out that agreement.

Motion agreed to.

Clause 8 (Amendment of section 135).

House of Representatives' Amendment.- Omit paragraphs d and e, and insert the following paragraph in their stead : - " (d) by adding thereto the following subsections : - (8.) A person liable to be trained under the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of section one hundred and twenty-five of this Act shall not be committed to gaol in default of payment of a pecuniary penalty imposed for an offence against the provisions of this section, but the Court may order that, in default of payment of the pecuniary penalty imposed, the person shall be committed to the custody of any prescribed authority for such time, not exceeding the time for which the Court could, but for this sub-section, have committed the person to gaol in default of payment of the pecuniary penalty imposed, as the Court thinks fit. (9.) Where a person liable to be trained under the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of section one hundred and twenty-five of this Act, has been convicted before the commencement of this sub-section, of an offence against this section, and but for sub-section (8.) of this section would be liable to be committed to gaol in default of payment of the pecuniary penalty imposed for the offence, and makes default in payment of the penalty, he may, on the application of a prescribed officer, be committed to the custody of any prescribed authority for such time, not exceeding the time for which, but for sub-section (8.) of this section, he might have been committed to gaol in default of payment of the pecuniary penalty imposed, as the Court thinks fit. (10.) Any pecuniary penalty imposed on a person liable to be trained under the provisions of paragraphs (a) and {b) of section one hundred and twenty-five of this Act for an offence against the provisions of this section shall be deemed to be a debt due to the Commonwealth, and may, in addition to any other means of recovery, be recovered in any civil court of competent jurisdiction. (11.) In places where Children's Courts exist, offences against this section committed by cadets under the age of sixteen years shall be prosecuted in such Courts as far as is reasonably practicable.'







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