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Thursday, 22 October 1964

Senator CORMACK (Victoria) . - 1 wish to ask the Minister a question in relation to the proposed new section 35. The side note refers to " Special force in time of war". 1 shall ask the Minister the question and perhaps he wi:l permit me to reserve my comment on it until after he has answered it. The proposed new section 35 reads -

In time of war, the Governor-General may authorise the raising of a military force for service in that time of war or for a specified period, and a force so raised is part of the Permanent Military Forces.

That takes my eyes up to the proposed new section 31 which reads -

The Military Forces of the Commonwealth consist of two parts, namely, the Permanent Military Forces and the Citizen Military Forces.

It seems to me that proposed new section 31 is qualified by proposed new section 35, and that in time of war there shall be only the Permanent Military Forces. The Citizen Military Forces will cease to exist. That seems to me to be the implication.

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