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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Sir WILFRED KENT HUGHES (Chisholm) . - Clause 3 provides as follows: -

Section ten of the Principal Act is amended by inserting in sub-section (1.), after the word " persons " (first occurring), the words, " not being persons registered under this Act,".

Section 10(1.) of the Principal Act provides that -

The Minister may, from time to time, by notice published in the " Gazette ", require all male persons who -

(a)   upon the date specified in the notice -

(i)   are British subjects and are ordi narily resident in Australia; or

(ii)   not being British subjects but being persons ordinarily resident in Australia, are included in a prescribed class of persons; and

(b)   have attained the age of seventeen years and have attained, or will attain, the age of eighteen years during such period as is specified in the notice, to register under this Act.

I cannot understand why it is necessary to refer to " all male persons not being persons registered under this Act ", because if such persons were between the ages of seventeen and eighteen years during the specified time, surely they would have been registered before. I am not opposing the amendment; my question is prompted only because I do not know why the amendment is being made.

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