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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) (4:23 AM) . - I desire to secure the omission of the word "mutiny" from this clause, seeing that it has been omitted from the corresponding section in our Defence Act.

Senator Pearce - I am prepared to accept the amendment.

Amendment (by Senator Elliott) agreed to -

That the word " mutiny " be left out.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 77 and 78 agreed to.

Clause 79-

(1)   The regulations may authorize the officer commanding any unit to punish offencesagainst this Act or the Defence Act or the regulations committed when not on active service by any memberof the Air Force by a fine not exceeding Five pounds, and also in case of the Permanent Air Force by forfeiture of not more than fourteen days' pay, or by confinement to barracks for any period not exceeding twentyeight days, seven days of which may be imprisonment or detention, and also in the case of the Citizen' Air Force by reduction in rank or dismissal.

(2)   Except whenon active service, a . member of the Air Force, before being dismissed or reduced, may, . if he so requests, be tried by court martial.

(3)   For the punishment of offences against this Act or the Defence Act or the regulations, or the Air Force Act commanding officers shall have all the powers conferred by the Air Force Act with reference to offences against that Act, subject to such modifications and adaptation as arc prescribed.

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