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Wednesday, 11 May 1921

Senator GARDINER (NewSouth Wales) . -By this clause it is proposed to insert in section. 84 of the Principal Act, after the word "uniform," the words "or portion of any uniform," I suggest to the Minister for Defence that he might insert also the words "or flag."

Senator Cox -Which flag would the honorable senator, have?

Senator GARDINER - The Australian flag. If the amendment I suggest were adopted this provision might be used to deal with persons who bring the flag into contempt. The occasion, I think, is apt. for such an amendment as I suggest. Section 84 of the Principal' Act might, by this clause, be so amended that bringing the flag into contempt would become an offence.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 35 -

After section eighty-four of the Principal Act, the following sections are inserted : - "84a. Any person who with intent to hinder or prevent military operations damages, any. railway, tunnel, bridge, viaduct, culvert, road, or path, shall be guilty of an offence.

Penalty : Five hundred pounds' or imprison-' meat forthree years."

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