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Thursday, 28 April 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I have no objection to the adoption of the course which has been suggested by Senator Crawford. It would certainly make the clause clearer. Both provisos deal with the appointment of officers. I always hesitate to accept drafting amendments suggested hurriedly in the course of Committee discussion. The point under review is a matter of drafting. I suggest, therefore, that the clause be agreed to as it stands, whereupon I will ask the draftsman to give attention to the criticism now raised. There may be good reasons for the present sequence, although at first blush it would appear that a transposition would be advantageous.

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