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Friday, 30 April 1915


Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - Though I have no desire to enter any opposition to the amendment, I think it is very desirable that we should have all these amendments of principal Acts in print before us. In this case the Government seek to amend the original Act, but as the amendment is not printed we are not able to turn up the principal Act, and therefore, to some extent, we are legislating in the dark. I protest against this state of things. The Minister has assured us that it is being done in order to save the country the expenditure of a few hundred pounds on examinations, but I have always understood - I do not know whether I am risht - that there were two grades of lieutenants in our Forces, and that if a lieutenant in the lower grade wished to attain a higher rank he had to pass an examination.


Senator Pearce - That has been abolished for some considerable time in connexion with the Citizen Forces.


Senator GUTHRIE - I am aware that a lot of things have been abolished in connexion with the Citizen Forces, and I am also aware that men have been acting lieutenants without having passed any examination at all.


Senator Pearce - Yes, that is so, but they can only be appointed in that way for six months, and they are then required to pass a qualifying examination for the rank.


Senator GUTHRIE - It would be much better if we had the amendment in print before us so that we could look at it carefully.


Senator Pearce - I assure the honorable senator that if there was any importance in it I would not have sought to have the amendment carried without giving honorable senators the opportunity to see it in print.

Motion agreed to.

Resolution reported ; report adopted.

Sitting suspended from 1 to 2.30 p.m.







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