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Thursday, 28 April 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Have I correctly understood the Minister for Defence to indicate that the discussion upon the application of the Army Act to our Forces will be taken on clause 55 of this Bill?

Senator PEARCE(Western Australia - Minister for Defence [3.8]. - No. Clause 18 of this Bill is the one which applies the Army Act to the Defence Force. I may say that if there are any clauses of the Bill before clause 18 that refer to the Army Act, I shall agree to their postponement until clause18 has been dealt with. I intend when we come to it, to move the postponement of the definition.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 3 (Amendment of principal Act).

SenatorFOSTER (Tasmania) [3.9].- I do not know whether this clause should notbe postponed until clause 18 has been dealt with. There may be some reference to the Army Act in the schedule referred to in this clause.

Senator Pearce - We shall have decided the question involved in clause 18 before we come to the schedule.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 4 postponed.

Clause 5 (Definition of District Base Commandant).

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