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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - Before the dinner adjournment I was inclined to oppose Senator Elliott's amendments, because I thought the soldier had sufficient channels through which to appeal. But Senator Foster has just handed me a copy of the British Army Act, and, after hurriedly reading some of its sections, it occurs to me that any one with a grievance cannot be prevented from approaching the King or his representative. If a subject has the right of appeal to the King, why should we endeavour to curtail that right by Act of Parliament ? Realizing that the appeals that would be made would be few, and that the Executive Council really means in this case the Minister for Defence, I think Senator Elliott's amendments should be accepted. The right of a person to appeal to the King's representative holds good here, as does the right of a person to appeal to the King still hold good in Great Britain. I support the amendment.

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