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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator FOSTER (Tasmania) .- - Did I understand the Minister to say that by some provision of the Defence Act we have already applied the Imperial Air Force Act in time of war?

Senator Pearce - No.

Senator FOSTER - Then it has not been done, but it is proposed to do it in the Air Defence Bill ?

Senator Pearce - That is right.

Senator FOSTER - Then is it not somewhat premature to agree to this definition until we have settled, in dealing with the. Air Defence Bill, whether or not that Act shall apply?.

Senator Pearce - This Bill will still be in the possession of the Senate, and I do not propose to ask the Senate to pass the third reading until we have dealt with the Air Defence Bill.

Senator PRATTEN(New South Wales.) stands, do we give any control at all in' time of peace to. the military over civil aviation, or civil aerial depots, or aeroplanes, or any other of itsappurtenances ?

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