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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator DUNCAN (New SouthWales) . - In the case of musical instruments and moneys provided by public subscriptions for troops proceeding overseas on a transport the practice has been to vest the ownership in the hands of the Officer Commanding the transport. So far as I can read this clause the effect will be to make band instruments and other things subscribed for in this way the property of the Officer Commanding the ship.

Senator Pearce - The honorable senator will see that that is for the purpose of legal proceedings. He is the only person who can take legal proceedings, in respect to such things.

Senator DUNCAN - Is there anything in the Act to prevent a Commanding Officer of a corps or a ship's company disposing of such goods after the voyage is completed and appropriating them for his own use)

Senator Pearce - He could be prosecuted under the civil law for misappropriating them.

Senator DUNCAN - It appears to me that under the clause that would not be possible, because it provides that they shall be deemed to be the property of the Commanding Officer of the corps or ship's company.

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