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Thursday, 28 April 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I want to continue my rôle as a peacemaker in the Senate. It seems to me that some compromise may be made with regard to the clause under discus. sion. Undoubtedly it is a tradition - indeed, it is a truth - that in the Army "kissing goes by favour," and, as I understand it, Senator Elliott's amendment proposes to do away with this system, and to provide for appointments and promotions on well-defined lines, so as to prevent a continuance of that favoritism which, he asserts, exists at present. During the second-reading debate Senator Drake-Brockman made a suggestion that senior officers might have the right of appeal to some other tribunal than the Board, and I understand his suggestion was favorably received by the Minister. It has occurred to me that a new clause might be drafted to give effect to this suggestion.

Senator Pearce - What I said was that I would see if we could give senior officers the right of appeal to some higher tribunal.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Senator Elliott's contention, as I understand it, is that senior officers may be superseded by men of junior rank without such senior officers being informed of the reason, so if they can get. this right of appeal, perhaps to an equivalent to a Judge AdvocateGeneral, their position might bo more satisfactory.

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