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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - There is some . satisfaction in moving an amendment when the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce)1 admits that from one point of view, at' least, it may be the means of effecting; economy and increasing efficiency. I desire to ask the Minister if he could not insert in the Bill a clause which would! give the Defence authorities power to do what I ask, and , which he, to some extent, supports, although it need not be compulsorily carried out. The Minister can adopt whatever form he likes, and if some such provision were embodied in the Bill it would, I think, tend to higher efficiency and greater economy. I am not surprised at the silence which followed my amendment, and as there does not seem to be much prospect of obtaining general support I shall not press it. But I want to show that even in the matter of companies, battalions, or brigades there might be a saving if we had a clause based on the principle I have mentioned, which, I think, is generally admitted to be sound. There should be some tangible, reward for efficiency.

Senator PEARCE - I shall certainly give the matter consideration.

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