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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - This clause amends section 113 of. the principal Act, which deals with the power to arrest by the addition of a now subsection (2), as set out in the Bill. That sub-section applies only to the war service when troops are subject to the Army Act. It does not overridethe application of the present section 113 of the Defence Act, but provides that the section shall not be construed as preventing the application of the provision of the Army Act regarding arrest, when in war time the troops are subject to the Army Act. The amendment is really one of draf ting to insure that the intention of the Act as a whole is not inadvertently defeated by the form of drafting of the section.

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