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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator ELLIOTT -In going through the Bill we find references to the Air Board, and no definition of it appears in the definition clause. The same applies to the Military Board. Thatis confusing.

Senator Benny - And the Naval Board should be defined.

Senator Pearce - Those Boards are defined in the Acts dealing with them..

Senator ELLIOTT - I do not think the Military Board is defined in the Defence Act.

Senator Pearce - It is defined in the regulations.

Senator ELLIOTT - It is advisable, for the benefit of practitioners and others, to define those bodies in the interpretation clause. I would put in the definition of Military Board after the definition of "Airman," or perhaps after the definition of . " the Defence Act." There should also be adefinition of " Commanding officer." Various powers are given to the commanding officer, but there is no definition. We could put in after, the definition of- " Airman " the words " Commanding officer, means the commanding officerof any unit." . I have circulated amendments to define " Member " and " Minister," but it may not be necessary to press them.

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