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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I shall certainly oppose the recommittal of the clause. I dissent from the statement made by Senator Elliott that it was not discussed in Committee. If my memory serves me rightly, Senator Drake-Brockmanraised a question as to its effect, and I gave at some length the reasons for it. Senator Elliott has altogether misstated the facts regarding the clause. It does not differentiate between Australian and other officers. That, however, is a question which I may riot debate at this stage. I remind the Senate that I moved the recommittal of certain clauses only to make amendments which were consequential upon those made in Committee at the instance, not of the Government, but of private senators. I had to move for the recommittal in order to give effect to the will of the Committee. This clause was fully debated, perhaps not by Senator Elliott, but by others in Committee. The records show that it was " debated and agreed to."

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