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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) (1:55 AM) . - The explanation given by the

Minister is a good one so far as it goes. But recently he made an appointment to our Citizen Forces under a similar section in the Defence Act. It is true that he has cited a number of other sections, upon which I have obtained the opinion of counsel. The only one of those provisions which will hold water is the one which corresponds to this proposal. According to that precedent, the operation of the clause will not necessarily be confined tomembers of the active force in England, so that reserve British officers coming out here may beappointed to a higher rank, thus superseding our own officers. In the case which I have quoted the officeris a captain in the British Reserve, and the Minister relied upon a similar section in our Defence Act to appoint him to a higher rank here.

Senator Pearce - There has been no British officer appointed who did not serve in the Australian Imperial Force.

Senator ELLIOTT - I move -

That the following proviso be inserted at the end of sub-clause 4: "Provided that such officers shall not be appointed to any rank higher than that for which they have qualified by examination in His Majesty's Regular Air Force."

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 16 (Conditions of promotion after service abroad).

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