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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I move-

That proposed sub-section (2) be left out.

I submit the motion, perhaps, through excessive caution. I have listenedto the statement of the Minister for Defence, and I take it that the powers of arrest and. detention would really be extended by the proposed new sub-section. Another objection I have isthat there is a reference in it to the Army Act. I think that wherever these words appear in the Bill they should be struck out. We donotwant the Army Act. We want the Defence Department to develop an Australian Defence Act. Every referenceto outside Acts should, in my opinion, be removed from our Statutes.

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