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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) (4:25 AM) . - There are certain drafting amendments which require to be made here. They are similar to those which have already been inserted in the Defence Bill. I therefore move -

That the words " reduction in rank or dismissal " be left out, and that the words " dismissal, discharge or reduction in rank," be inserted in lieu thereof.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator Pearce) agreed to -

That after the word "dismissal" the word "discharged" be inserted; that after the words " Air Force Act " the words " committed on active service "' be inserted, and that at the end of the clause the following words be added: - " Provided that a commanding officer shall not impose a sentence of imprisonment on any person. " (4) A person serving under Part XII. of the Defence Act shall not be dismissed, or discharged under any power conferred by this section."

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 80 to 82 agreed to.

Clause 83 verbally amended and agreed to.

Clause84 consequentially amended and agreed to.

Clauses 85 to 87 agreed to.

Clause 88 (Power to construct aerodromes, &c).

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