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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) (2:11 AM) . - I agree with what has been said by Senator Drake-Brockman. During the war, the principle adopted in both the Royal Air Force and the Australian Flying Corps was promotion, by selection, seniority not being recognised. A man may be a game and efficient flying officer, and yet useless as a squadron commander; but should promotion go by seniority, men might be promoted who might have no qualifications for the positions to which they were appointed. If the amendment were carried, a man could not be superseded until after notice had been given to him of the cause, and he had been given an opportunity to make such statements as he thought fit regarding the cause. The amendment recognises, not merit, but seniority.

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