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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) (1:17 AM) . - I move -

That the following new clause be inserted: - " 11a. In the first appointment of officers, preference shall be given, in the case of equality of qualification, to persons who have served with satisfactory record in any Expeditionary Force raised under the provisions of the Defence Act." '

It will be seen that I have slightly altered my amendment as circulated to cover Expeditionary Forces such as that to New Guinea other than those covered by the clause as first submitted by me.

Senator Foster - The honorable senator's proposal is to give preference to all the men of the Expeditionary Forces, and not merely to those who were in the Air Force ?

Senator ELLIOTT - Yes, a general preference to members of the Australian Imperial Force and other Expeditionary Forces raised in Australia. The proposed clause is in accordance with what I understand is the general policy of the Government

Senator Pearce - It is the same principle as that embodied in the Defence Act.

Senator ELLIOTT - That is so.

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