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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - My answer to the honorable senator is that the paragraph in question will not give a general control of aerial navigation.We have already legislated in regard to civil aviation by means of an Act, and of regulations framed under that Act. But, so far, we have not an Act providing for the establishment of an Air Force, notwithstanding that we have an Air Force in existence. At present that Force is being governed by our Defence Act. But in addition, it is necessary in connexion with our military defence that we should possess certain powers over aerial navigation, so as to prevent, for instance, flying over a magazine or a fort.

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