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Thursday, 12 May 1921


Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - The section which is proposed to be repealed was inserted in 1917, at a time when the Forces were returning from abroad, with the intention of providing for their voluntary enlistment in the Military Forces. There was no necessity for the insertion, of this section in the Act, as there is nothing in the Act but this section to prevent voluntary enlistment of any one in the Citizen Forces under the powers conferred upon the GovernorGeneral to raise such Citizen Forces as appears necessary for the defence of the

Commonwealth. This section has not only a positive, but also a negative, force in that it impliedly prohibits the enlistment in the Citizen Forces of persons other than those who have engaged in war service, and it is doubtful whether, with the existence of this section in the Act, the voluntary enlistment in the Citizen Forces of persons other than those who have engaged in war service is permissible. It is the- approved policy that persons other than those who have served in war service should be eligible for voluntary enlistment in the Citizen Forces, especially in regard to technical personnel, such as dispensers, tradesmen, mechanics, and specialist tradesmen for technical units.







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