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Friday, 29 April 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - I am not quite satisfied yet that with the elimination of the word " abroad " the interpretation of this particular section of the British Army Act is in harmony with our views. It is, I think, advisable that we should definitely establish this question of consistency with the context. We have had a very profitable discussion upon it.

Senator Pearce - Attention has already been directed to the point raised by the honorable senator as to the meaning of " active service." This clause has been put in deliberately. It is not an accident.

Senator SENIOR - I hope the Minister will not think that any honorable senator who gets up to discuss this point is opposed to the measure.

Senator Pearce - No; but I cannot understand why you assume that it is a blunder.

Senator SENIOR - I regret the Minister cannot understand me, because I am endeavouring to make my position clear.

Senator Pearce - - You are assuming that the draftsmen did not read the definition of "on active service " in the Army Act.

Senator SENIOR - When the Minister dealt with this matter before the question of consistency with the context was not raised. It appears that the definition of " on active service " in the Army Act rendered it necessary to strike out the word " abroad," so as to clearly define that it referred to those who were really on active service and not to those engaged driving waggons.

Sitting suspended from 1 to 2.30 p.m.

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