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Thursday, 12 May 1921

The PRESIDENT - Order ! The honorable senator is arguing why certain provisions should be inserted in the Bill. He may not do that on the motion for the recommittal of a clause.

Senator ELLIOTT - Very well, I shall start afresh and' will endeavour to meet your wishes. I was going to say that under section 14 of the Act it is provided that Australian officers shall not be promoted until they pass an examination, but some exception is made in the case of officers of the King's regular military forces, who were exempted from examination. Clause 21 is designed apparently

The PRESIDENT - Order ! The honorable senator is entitled to give reasons why, in his opinion, the clause should be recommitted, but it is not permissible for him to anticipate the discussion of the clause in Committee. I cannot allow a desultory discussion to be carried on.

Senator ELLIOTT - I had no intention, sir, of transgressing your ruling; but it is difficult to avoid going into details in stating the reasons why I think the clause should be recommitted. I shall, however, content myself with the general statement that the clause should be recommitted because its effect, combined with that of section 14, is to give to Imperial and other outside officers a preference over Australian officers. Imperial and other outside officers will be exempt from examination," and will depend for their promotion merely upon a recommendation of the Military Board, whereas Australian officers will have to pass an examination.

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