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Friday, 4 November 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - There would be a Board to protect him.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I hope the honorable senator will support an extension of the time allowed for appeal. If deliberate injustice is perpetrated, an officer should have every opportunity to remedy it. Clause 53 will really be the Army Act of the Service^. It will apply to the privates, but not to the high officers.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -brockman. - If you look at clause 54 you will see that officers of the first and second divisions are liable to be punished for the offences enumerated in the clause under consideration, but there is another way of dealing with them.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Clause 53 covers more than two pages of the Bill. There are six sub-clauses and innumerable subparagraphs. If the clause opens the way to vindictiveness and harsh treatment an officer who thinks he has been unjustly treated should have ample right of appeal.

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