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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) (3:45 AM) . - This provision is not covered by any existing Act, and I therefore give an explanation of it. The purpose is to make Air Force personnel embarked on any of His Majesty's Australian ships subject to" the Australian Naval Defence Act, while they are so embarked. Honorable senators will see the reason for that, because it would never do to have two distinct laws operating on the one ship.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 56 and 57 agreed to.

Clause 58 -

Except so far as is inconsistent with this Act, the laws and (regulations for the time being in force in relation to the composition procedure (including the reception of evidence) and powers of courts martial in His Majesty's Regular Air Force, the revision, confirmation, effect and consequences of the findings and sentences of such courts martial, and the mitigation, remission and commutation of the sentences thereby imposed, shall apply to courts martial inthe Air Force and their findings and sentences.

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