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Friday, 30 April 1915

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia Minister of Defence) .- The effect of this proposal will be that if martial law has been proclaimed in any area, and a civilian is dealt with by a court martial, before the sentence imposed upon him by that tribunal can be confirmed, it must be referred to the Governor-General, which means the GovernorGeneral in Council. Honorable senators will have the double safeguard. In the first place, the court martial will not be allowed to try a civilian except where a district or certain locality has been proclaimed under martial law. And then, the civil Courts having been set aside, and the civilian having been tried by court martial, the sentence, before it is confirmed, must be reviewed by the Executive. I think that will meet the view of the Committee, and I move, therefore -

That the amendment be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.

Resolutions reported, and report adopted.

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