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Wednesday, 27 April 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister for Defence) .- The object, of this clause is to apply to the Air Force sections 46 and 47 of Part III. of the Defence Act, which relates to the power of the Governor-General to call out the Citizen Forces. It gives the same power in respect to the Air Force, and no additional power. Part IV., which the clause applies, deals with the liability of the Citizen Forces to serve in time of war. Part VI. deals with special powers in relation to defence. Part VII. deals with finance. Part X. deals with miscellaneous matters, uniform, gratuities and minor matters. Part XI. deals with the power to make regulations. Part XII. deals with compulsory training. Part XIII. deals with exemptions from personal service and Part XIV. with registration and enrolment for training. These matters are all provided for in our existing Act, and in this clause, instead of repeating them, the provisions of the Defence Act are embodied in this Bill in order to be applied to the Air Force.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 6 (Members of Naval and Military Forces attached to Air Force) .

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