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Friday, 29 April 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) . - I suggest to the Minister for Defence the desirableness of inserting at this stage a definition of " active service" on the lines 'of the Army Act, but leaving out such words as "inconsistent with the context."

Senator PEARCE(Western Australia have the point looked into. In connexion with the question raised concerning members- of the Permanent Forces who were unable to go on active service, I have made inquiries, and find that there were two sections, which were dealt with in a different manner.' The members of the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery were prevented from going abroad in the early stages of the war; but I am unable at this juncture to give the date when they were released and allowed to volunteer, but it was, I think, during 191-6 or 1917. That release did not apply to other members of the Permanent Force. On the 23rd July, 1918, the Military Board recommended that all members of the Permanent Forces should be given an opportunity of going on active service in such capacities as could be arranged, and that was approved and promulgated on the 24th July, 1918.

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