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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) (3:10 AM) . - It is quite possible that that may happen, but it can only be done with the consent of the Australian Government for the time being. I am sure Senator Pratten would be the last to say that we should not have the power to place our Air Force under the commander of the British Air Force. Under the exercise of a similar power, we placed our Navy, at the beginning of the recent war, under the orders of the British Admiralty. We must have this power, but it will be used at the discretion of the Government of the day, which is responsible to this Parliament and to the people.

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