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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister forDefence) .- We must reach finality somewhere. The Committee, by a substantial majority, inserted asimilar provision in the Defence Bill, and in conformity with that decisionI have submitted anamendment to the Air Defence Bill to bringitinto line with the other measure. If we accept Senator Pratten's amendment itwill be necessary to recommit the DefenceBillfor the purpose of amending it in the same direction.

Amendment of the amendment negatived.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause,asamended, agreed to.

Clause 42 (Disbanding of unit and discharge of airmen).

SenatorDUNCAN (New South Wales) [3.6 a.m.]. - Why is the Governor-General to be given power to disband a whole unit, and what will be the position of the airmen in that unit?

Senator Pearce - This provision is copied from the Naval Defence Act. It may be necessary to decrease the number of the Air Forces.

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