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Friday, 6 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) .- The purpose of this clause is to make some drafting amendments in section 79 of the principal Act. For instance, the words " or military " are struck out, aaa.d the words, "military or air force" are inserted, because since the passing of the principal Act arrangements have been made for the establishment of an Air Force. There is provision in the existing section for a penalty of £20 for an offence against the section, but .some doubt has been expressed by magistrates as to whether the penalty can be imposed if the goods have subsequently been delivered up. That is not intended, and it is proposed by this clause to. insert the words " in addition, may, when the article has not been delivered up," to remove all doubts upon the matter. Another amendment is made to include a reference to. the Territories of the Commonwealth.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 26 agreed to.

Clause 27 (Falsely representing to be returned soldier or sailor).

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