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Friday, 30 April 1915

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) .- This is merely a formal amendment. It proposes to omit sub-clause 7, which is now unnecessary, seeing that we have struck out the words "British subject" which appeared in sub-clause 6 of the Bill when it left this Chamber. I move -

That the amendment be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.

Clause 4 -

(8)   In the event of any special military emergency arising out of the present war the Governor-General may by proclamation forthwith suspend the operation of sub-section (6) of this section,either generally or as respects any area specified in the proclamation, without prejudice, however, to any proceedings under this section which may be then pending in any civil Court.

House of Representatives' Amendment. -At end of sub-clause 8 insert -

Provided that while such proclamation is in force, any sentence passed by a court martial against a person to whom sub-section 6 of this section applies shall be referred to the GovernorGeneral for confirmation, mitigation, or remission.

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