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Wednesday, 28 September 1910

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I promise that I will have this clause considered with a view to seeing whether it can be altered in the way that has been suggested. At the same time, I do not feel prepared to accept any amendment to it at the present juncture. When the question of a man's unfitness comes before the Minister ithe latter has to make a "charge" before it can be investigated by a Court. He prefers a charge and calls upon the person whose fitness is in question to deliver up his certificate. The charge which is usually laid against him is that he is incompetent because of some physical infirmity. When the matter has been inquired into his certificate is either returned to him or is permanently withheld.

Senator Millen - The word " charged " used in that connexion has altogether too criminal a flavour.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 18 to 21 agreed to.

Clause 22 -

No person shall -

(a)   engage as an officer unless he is duly certificated ; or

(b)   take into employment as an officer any person who is not duly certificated.

Penalty : One hundred pounds.

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