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Wednesday, 11 May 1921

Senator PEARCE - I suppose, that this regulation is to prevent the cancellation of a commission in such circumstances. It certainly leaves an officer in a freer position.

SenatorFraser. There would be a nice row if the commission of an officer who was alao a member of Parliament were cancelled.

Senator PEARCE - I should imagine that a man who would make such statements would kick up a nice row if his commission were cancelled,, and he would probably do it in the privileged chamber. I think that if an officer is seconded when he is elected to Parliament ho is free to come here and use his military knowledge as applied to military questions and to give the country the benefit of it. But there is this difference, that he does not use his privileges as an officer to obtain information that is not given to him for public use. In that way it is a very necessary regulation.

I invite honorable senators to read the speech on the page of Hansard to which I have referred, as it is the most powerful argument I could adduce in support of the amendment I moved in Committee.

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