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Thursday, 12 May 1921

In Committee(Consideration resumed from 11th May, vide page 8266) :

Clause 51 -

Section 108 of the principal Act is amended -

(b)   by omitting sub-sections 2 and 3 and inserting in their stead the following sub-sections : - " (3) For the punishment of offences against this Act or the regulations or the Army Act or the Naval Discipline Act commanding officers shall have all the powers conferred by the Army Act and the Naval Discipline Act with reference to offences against those' Acts respectively, subject to such modifications and adaptations as are prescribed, which may include provision for the punishment of reduction in rank, dismissal or discharge for offences committed by members of the Citizen Forces when not on war service:

Provided that in the Military Forces a commanding officer shall not impose a sentence of imprisonment on any person and shall not award detention to a member of the Citizen Military Forces for an offence committed when not on war service, and that when not on war service a member of the Citizen Military Forces shall not be required to undergo confinement to barracks except when attending continuous training.

(4)   A person serving under Part XII. of this Act shall not be dismissed or discharged under any power conferred under this section.".

Upon which Senator Pearce had moved -

That after the words " Naval Discipline Act " (first occurring) in proposed new sub-section 3, the following words be inserted: - "committed on war service ".

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