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Thursday, 5 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - Section 5.4a and 55 of the Defence Act applies the Army Act with such modifications and adaptations as are prescribed and in so far. as it is not inconsistent with the Defence Act. 'The Australian Military Regulations have always prescribed the procedure to be followed by a member of the Australian Military Forces to obtain redress of any grievance ; therefore such a matter, was not one which came within the jurisdiction of the Army Council. To make the position quite clear, a regulation was passed here in. 1918 to provide, in case of complaints, for a modification of section 42 of the Imperial Army Act to the following effect : - If an officer thinks himself wronged by his commanding officer, and, on due application made to him, does not receive the redress to which he may consider himself entitled, he may complain to any officer in chief command of Australian Military Forces beyond the limits of the Commonwealth, a general officer commanding the Military Forces in Australia, or the Military Board, as the circumstances of the case may render appropriate (instead of the Army Council), in order to obtain justice, who are hereby required to examine into such complaint, and if so required by the officer through the Minister (instead of a Secretary of State) make his or their report to the Governor-General (instead of His Majesty) in order to receive the directions of the Governor-General (instead of His Majesty) thereon.

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