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Thursday, 22 October 1964

Senator CORMACK (Victoria) . - In order to satisfy your conscience, Mr. Chairman, I shall relate my remarks to clause 13. In doing so, I take up Senator

O'Byrne's reference to the lash. If the honorable senator cared to read the Naval Discipline Act of the United Kingdom, he would find that it was marked by great humanity and that it bore no relation to what might be described as the bad old days. It is proper that I should place on record the fact that the First Lord of the Admiralty, when introducing the legislation in the House of Lords, said that in the Navy - that is, the Royal Navy - a distinction is not generally drawn between active service and peace service. He said that safety of the ship involves the necessity that the captain should continue to act as magistrate of the community as well as guardian of the safety of the crew. In drafting regulations under the Naval Discipline Act it must be borne in mind quite clearly that the captain of a ship is not only the captain, as in time of war, but is also the magistrate of a community. In the Navy there is no distinction between war and peace.

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