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Friday, 29 April 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Had not the utterances of the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) and one or two interjections satisfied me that there would be no case of injustice such as Senator Gardiner anticipates, I should have been inclined to vote for the honorable senator's amendment. But I understand from the interjections and remarks that have passed round the

Chamber that for some considerable time before the war ended permission was practically given to every man to gotothe Front, and that those who did not volunteer, in effect, did not want to go. I cannot, therefore, support Senator Gardiner's amendment. I shall support the clause in order to give preference to the "dinkum" soldier as opposed to the man who had an opportunity to go to the war but did not avail himself of it.

Amendment negatived.

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