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Wednesday, 27 April 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the fact that the Army Act, copies of which the Minister for Defence has laid on the table, consists of 200 pages, and contains nearly 200 sections, and that the volume, with explanations and regulations, camprises altogether about 900 pages, I ask whether the Minister will have the Army Act printed in juxtaposition with the provisions of our Defence Act, so that honorable senators will be in a position to see where the Army -Act differs from and where it extends the provisions of our Defence Act?

Senator PEARCE - I certainly think that the course proposed would be very costly, and in these days, when the Government are being urged to economize, I do not think it would be justified, especially as now that I have tabled copies of the Army Act and the Air

Force Act of Great Britain honorable senators may readily familiarize themselves with their provisions.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Arising out of the answer to my question, may I remind the Minister for Defence of the position in which honorable senators are placed ? There are only two copies of the Act referred to available for consultation by thirty-six members of the Senate, and there are 200 pages of the British Army Act, and 200 or 300 provisions of our Defence Act to be compared line by line.

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