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Thursday, 6 May 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I move -

That the Bill be now read a second time.

As mentioned in my remarks on the Defence Bill the provisions of Part IV of the Defence Act have been extended to apply to the Navy. The purpose of the Naval Defence Bill is to put this into effect. The opportunity has been taken to make amendments to section 9 and section 31 of the Naval Defence Act relating to the service of officers to take account of certain inadequacies in the existing sections in relation to officers holding short service commissions. I commend the Naval Defence Bill to Honorable Senators.

Debate (on motion by Senator McKenna) adjourned.

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