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Thursday, 5 May 1921

Senator DUNCAN (New South Wales) . - In view, of the statement just made by Senator Gardiner, that any honorable senator voting against this amendment will bo signifying his intention to apply the British Array Act to the Military Forces of Australia, I desire to say that I intend to vote against the amendment and also against the clause. I am sure {here are quite a number of honorable senators who will adopt that course. By voting against Senator Pratten's amendment we are not voting for the application of the Army Act to the Australian Forces, but are _ merely signifying our intention of having nothing whatever to do with the clause, either as it stands or in an amended form. We want to put it right out, and; even if Senator Pratten's amendment is defeated, we shall still be able to do it.

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