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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I would like the Minister for Defence. (Senator Pearce) to give the Committee some information as to what is intended in connexion with the Citizen Air Force. I believe the Minister gave some information concerning the Permanent Air Force during his secondreading speech.

Senator Pearce - I gave particulars of the Citizen. Air Force, including the' number of squadrons, machines, officers, and men.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does it mean that this is the Permanent Air Force or is it merely the nucleus of a larger one?

Senator Pearce - It is the Force of this year. I gave full particulars in replying to the second-reading debate.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - There is then the opportunity to enlarge the Citizen Air Force when the money is available..

Clause agreed to.

Clause 31 (Existing Air Force to continue).

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