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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - It is obvious thatthe honorable senator was not present this afternoon when I replied to a similar question from Senator Duncan. We have legislated to control civil aviation by means of the Air Navigation Act 1920, and the regulations made thereunder. We have introducedan Air Defence Bill, which will regulate naval and military aviation, but the Defence Act, although in certain of its general provisions it provides both for' the Army and Navy,will also require to provide for the Air Force. It will no doubt be essential to pass a military regulation forbidding the flying of aeroplanes over a magazine or fort. It is, therefore necessary to have in the Defence Act certain general provisions' enabling that to be done. Only to that limited extent would that Act interfere with civil aviation.

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