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Thursday, 22 October 1964


Senator CORMACK (Victoria) . - I assumed, of course, that the Minister would reply that. " in a time of war " referred to the raising of military forces equivalent to the Citizen Military Forces. 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.

I have read this deliberately becauseI desire to insert words so that the section will read as follows -

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, in the Territories of the Commonwealth of Australia, and a force so raised is part of the Permanent Military Forces.

In other words, it seems to me to indicate that in these circumstances the GovernorGeneral may authorise the raising of forces that may be taken from the Citizen Military Forces, in this context, for example, and transferred holus-bolus to provide reinforcements for the Permanent Military

Forces. In this case it seems to me to indicate the end of the entity of the Citizen Military Forces, which I conceive to be a paramount part of the defence force of the Commonwealth.







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