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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) (3:47 AM) .Honorable senators will notice a reference in this clause to "His Majesty's Regular Air Force." It is necessary that those words should stand because the provision is one which will apply in time of war. I move -

That after the words "courts martial" the second time occurring the words "and the powers exercisable in relation to those findings and sentences" , be inserted.

The purpose of the amendment is to bring this clause into conformity with our Defence Act, and the Defence Bill with which we have recently been dealing.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 59 and 60 agreed to.

Clause 61-

(1)   No person, other than a memberof the Air Force, or a person liable to trial by court martial, shall be proceeded against before a court martial for contempt of court.

(2)   If a person, not being a member of. the Air Force, commits any act amounting to contempt of court within the view or hearing of a court martial he may forthwith be arrested pursuant to the order of the President of the court martial, and taken before a civil court having jurisdiction to try him for the offence to be dealt with according to law.

(3)   Nothing in this section or in sections 62, 03, or 60 shall prevent the application to a member of the Air Force of any provision of the Air Force. Act.

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