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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - In reply to the point raised by Senator Keating, I do not think we could provide for what he suggests by regulations framed under the Act.

Senator Pearce - I do not think so, because the regulations must be consistent, with the Act.

Senator GARDINER - I purposely refrained from attempting to come down to details in regard to my proposal, because I realized that in doing anything in this direction a good deal of latitude would have to be allowed to those conducting the training of our Cadets and Citizen Forces. It would be better to have a general principle, allowing full scope for making alterations in accordance with the ideas as they developed after consideration. I am pleased that the Minister lias agreed to give this matter some consideration, and shall not,, therefore, "debate it at greater length.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 61-

Section 126 of the principal Act is amended by omitting from sub-section (3) thereof the weird " seven " and inserting in its stead the word " eight."

Sub-section proposed to be, amended -

3.   The training in the Citizen Forces shall begin on the first day of July in the year in which the persons liable reach the age of eighteen years and shall continue for seven years.

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