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Thursday, 12 May 1921


Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) (1:34 AM) . - This is self-explanatory. Senator Elliott has given notice of an amendment, but I ask the honorable senator not to press it. Practically the three Services are concerned in the matter, and at the present time negotiations are proceeding between the Naval and Military Board, and the Air Council as to safeguarding of the rights of the respective Services. Senator Elliott may rest assured that both the Navy and the Army are quite qualified to see that the rights of their respective members, when temporarily loaned to the Air Service, are safeguarded; otherwise, transfer will be extremely unpopular. Both Boards are quite keen in this matter; and, as a result, regulations will be drawn up probably on the lines which Senator Elliott proposes. The Attorney-General's Department advises me that it is better to have this matter dealt with by regulation than in the Bill, and I promise the honorable senator to see that the interest of the two other Services are safeguarded in the way he suggests.







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