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Thursday, 28 April 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) .- Undoubtedly the word " professional," as it stands in paragraph (6) might be taken to mean a military qualification, and, if so, the whole idea of making appointments by means of competitive examinations might be done away with. It is possible I am mistaken ;. but looking at it from the legal point of view, it seems to me that the paragraph is dangerous unless it is interpreted to mean a person with professional, apart from military, qualifications.

Senator Pearce - It must mean what I have said, otherwise the words " professional or military " qualifications would have been used.

Senator ELLIOTT - I do not feel at all satisfied with the Minister's explanation. ' But Senator Drake-Brockman thinks there is not very much danger to be apprehended, and, therefore, with some very grave doubt I am prepared to waive my objection to the clause.

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