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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator FOSTER (Tasmania) (2:29 AM) . - I understood the Minister to say the other day that officers of the Air Force had to retire at forty years of age, and that when he was asked whether a permanent officer reaching the age of forty would be allowed to transfer to another unit, he said, " No."

Senator Pearce - There are to be two sections - the flying section and the Q section - and an officer of the flying section reaching the retiring age will have an opportunity of applying to be transferred to the Q section.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 22 to 25 agreed to.

Cla use 26-

The ages for the compulsory retirement of officers and members of the Air Force shall be as prescribed, but in special cases the GovernorGeneral may extend the prescribed age of retirement for a period not exceeding two years.

Amendment (by Senator Pearce) agreed to -

That the words " officers and " be left out.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

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