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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) (4:57 AM) - I did. not frame or move these definitions for amusement. I thought I was assisting the Minister. Clause 7 speaks of the

Air Board, but it is not defined until clause 9 is reached. Legal difficulties may occur from that fact. If clause 9 preceded clause 7, there would be no difficulty.

Senator Pearce - The Bill is. read as a whole.'

Senator ELLIOTT - But the interpretation clause should be complete, particularly when a new organization is being created. I have not been able to find a definition of " Military Board " anywhere ; nor do I think " Commanding officer" has been defined in any Act, although some cumbrous definitions are given in some of the regulations.

Senator Pearce - The draftsman tells me that if we accept your definition of " Commanding officer," we may get into trouble, as there will bedifficulties in connexion with the powers of detached officers.

Senator ELLIOTT - I , am not wedded to the wording I have circulated ; but the draftsman should have been able to define " Commanding officer " in terms that would not lead to confusion.

Senator Pearce - The definitions of " Minister," and " Prescribed" " are already covered by the Acts Interpretation Act.

Senator ELLIOTT - I copied my amendment from the Defence Act; but if it is included in the Acts Interpretation Act, that will be the end of the matter.

Senator Pearce - It was in the Defence Act before the Acts Interpretation Act was amended.

Senator ELLIOTT - That being so, I will not press my amendment.

Amendment withdrawn.

Amendment (by Senator Elliott) agreed to -

That the following words be added after the definition of " Airman " : - " Member " includes any air officer and airman.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

First schedule agreed to.

Second schedule -

I swear that I will well and trulyserve Our Sovereign Lord the King as a member of the Air Force Reserve of the Commonwealth of Australia, and thatI will resist His Majesty's enemies and cause His Majesty's peace to be kept and maintained and that I will in all matters appertaining to my service faithfully discharge my duty according to law. So help me God.

Amendment (by Senator Pearce) agreed to -

That after the word "Australia" the following words be added: - "For the term of years, or until sooner lawfully discharged, dismissed, or removed."

Schedule, as amended, agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Sessional and Standing Orders' suspended.

Motion (by Senator E. P. Millen) agreed to-

That the Bill be recommitted, for the purpose of further considering clause 78.

In Committee(Recommittal).

Clause 79 (Certain officers may. punish,) .

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