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Thursday, 28 April 1921

Senator GARDINER - He may be superseded.

Senator PEARCE - He may be superseded by the electors. That has happened before now. Senator Elliott suggests that in order to favour a political supporter the Government may in time of war give a command to a man who has been out of training for six years. At present these officers, who are also members of Parliament, may be appointed to positions in which they- will have a great deal of hard and unthankful work to do, which is not very much appreciated by the general public. I cannot for the life of me 'believe that the dangers which Senator Elliott anticipates are ever likely to arise. Nothing of the kind has so far occurred, though the existing practice has continued from the inception of the Defence Act.

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