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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) . - I move -

That after the word " cancelled " the words "nor shall any officer be superseded" be inserted.

The Minister, I think inadvertently, gave a wrong answer to a question which I put to him to-day, assuming that a rule of the Australian Imperial' Force regarding promotion from the rank of major to that of lieutenant-colonel applies to promotion to all ranks above that of major. As a matter of fact, it is the only exception to the rule which entitles an officer who is superseded to notification. I propose to again give the Committee an opportunity to realize that supersession means practically the cancelling of a commission, being almost the same in effect. It naturally disheartens an officer, so that the same good work cannot be expected of him afterwards. Officers may often have to be superseded, but they should be told the reason, and thus given a chance to amend, and to please those above them.

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