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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) .- The Defence Act gives power to inflict the death penalty when troops are on active service, but that is subject to review by the Crown.

Senator Keating - But this Bill only goes as far as section 5 of the Army Act.

Senator PEARCE - Exactly. It merely gives us power to inflict penalties up to those laid down in clause 6. The Attorney-General has stated, on behalf of the Government, that if more serious offences are committed he will have the alternative of taking action under the Crimes Act. If action involving the death penalty be taken, it will be taken under the Crimes Act.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 5 -

The Governor-General may, by order published in the Gazette, make provision for any matters which appear necessary or expedient, with a view to the public safety and the defence of the Commonwealth, and in particular - (/) for applying to naturalized persons, with or without modifications, all or any provisions of any order relating to aliens;

(h)   for preventing money or goods being sent out of Australia, except under conditions approved by the Minister.

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