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Thursday, 22 October 1964

Senator MURPHY (New South Wales) . - I wish to refer to matters that have been raised by Senator Cormack. In my view, a definition such as this should not appear in the Bill for the purpose for which it is included. It is not consistent with the dignity of an independent nation to have such a definition the effect of which is that, in order to define the law of this country on naval discipline, one has to refer to an Act of another country and thereafter to regulations and instructions. Australia is left to modify by regulation the operation of the law of another country. That situation is appropriate to a Crown colony but not to a nation like Australia which for a long time has declared itself publicly to be, and has publicly been regarded by the United Kingdom as being, equal in status with and in no way subordinate to the United Kingdom or any other member of the British Commonwealth. Therefore, such a clause should not exist in the Bill.

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