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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator FOSTER (Tasmania) (2:49 AM) - I understood from the statement previously made by the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) that the age of retirement in the Air Force is 40;. but according to this provision it is 30 years. Does 30 years apply to officers and 40 years to mechanics?

Senator Pearce - This does not mean that a man must retire at that age.

Senator FOSTER - If the principle is the same as obtains in the Navy, every young man enlists for at number of years, but he can go on for a further period. I do not know whether in' this particular sphere this is good or bad; but I would prefer mechanics and 'all other members ' of the Forces, with the exception of officers, to be allowed to go on to a retiring age, which, in my opinion, might be 50 years.

Senator Pearce - It does not mean that they must retire, but it merely gives them the option.

Senator FOSTER - There is nothing in this clause to provide for them continuing for a further period. .

Senator Pearce - The marginal note shows that the provision is based on our Naval Defence Act, in which there is provision which allows men to go on for a further period. It is done by regulation.'

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 35 to 39 agreed to.

Clause 40-

In time of war any person who is employed under articles of apprenticeship, may, notwithstanding any provision of or obligation under the articles, enlist in the Air Force, and any person who so enlists shall not bo liable, during the period of his service in the Air Force, and until a reasonable period thereafter, to he claimed for service under the articles. '

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