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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator FOSTER (TASMANIA) (3:38 AM) . -The amendments of this clause which the Minister (Senator Pearce) pro poses will, I think,, meet generally the wishes of the Committee, since as a result of them the British Act will not now apply in time of peace. A question on which I should like to have some information is as to whether Australia as a nation within the Empire would have, as constituted at present, any power to declare war on another . nation. "Would it have power to declare war on its own account?.

Senator Pearce - I am not a constitutional authority.

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