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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Senator Elliott has almost persuaded me to support his amendment, which, I understand, we will have an opportunity to consider in print after the dinner adjournment. In the meantime, I should like to draw' attention to the amendment submitted by the Minister for Defence, and to the inclusion in it of the five little words, " except in time of war." I am not at all satisfied that they mean what the Minister intends them to mean.

Senator Pearce - In time of war there could not be an appeal to the Military Board.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Nor, as I read the amendment, can there be an appeal to the General Officer Commanding the Australian Military Forces.

Senator Pearce - !AU that the use of the words " except in time .of war " means, if read in conjunction with the rest of the amendment, is that there will still be the right of appeal to the General Officer Commanding but not to the Military Board, in time of war. I am afraid that the honorable senator is basing his remarks on a copy of an amendment which I submitted but which has beep withdrawn.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I find that a corrected amendment has been submitted to the Committee which somewhat alters the meaning of the amendment submitted by the Minister for Defence. It seems to me that what honorable senators have toconsider is the real difference between the amendment submitted by the Minister for Defence and that submitted by Senator Elliott.

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