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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) .- This is a drafting amendment which improves the language of the Act. The term " noncombatant " at present used in the Act is a misnomer, as nearly all the units mentioned are combatants. The wording now proposed .is: ''administrative services and departments of the Permanent Forces."- The additional services included ' are remounts and pay. Special qualifications' in regard to horsemanship are required in officers of the remount unit, and college graduates are not suitable for the position.' As the law at present stands, before we could appoint officers to this branch they would have to go through the. Military College.

Clause agreed to.

Postponed clause- 4 (Definitions).

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