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Thursday, 5 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) .- At the commencement of the discussion I inti- . mated that the Government did not desire to press this matter if they were not assirred of a sufficient majority. I recognise that in the defeat of Senator Pratten's amendment there were some who voted against the amendment who are opposed to the clause as a whole, and in new of that I do not intend to proceed with the clause, but ask . the Committee, if they feel so disposed, to negative it on the voices, so that we can proceed with the discussion of the Bill. I am having the measure examined so that the other clauses can be amended in conformity with the decision which has thus just been arrived at, and before the Bill passes out of the control of the Committee these amendments will be submitted.

Clause negatived.

Clause. 19-

Alter section fifty-five of the principal Act the following section is inserted: - "66. The application of this Act shall extend to members of the Military Forces whoare serving outside the limits of the Commonwealth?'

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