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Thursday, 28 April 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - The clause, as it stands, seems to be entirely analogous to the preceding clause. Consequently, a man connected with the veterinary corps cannot be said to be a military man, because his work is not of a military character. But he may obtain his promotion because of his appointment to a position to which a civil professional qualification is attached. The danger with which we are confronted does not lie so much in the clause itself as in the provision for legislation by regulations. If we leave the position undefined in the Bill, we shall give a wider scope for the framing of regulations.

Senator Pearce - No. The only thing that is prescribed by regulations is promotion, not appointment.

Senator SENIOR - The method of appointment, I know, is not prescribed by regulation. But we ought to make it quite clear that the clause is not to be interpreted' as confined to persons with military qualifications.

Senator Duncan - I do not know how the honorable senator can read into the clause that any person who possesses special qualifications must be connected with the military force.

Senator SENIOR - But it may be argued that this clause refers only to persons with military qualifications, because the onĀ© immediately preceding it relates exclusively to persons with civil qualifications.

Senator Foll - What is the honorable senator's interpretation of the word "civil"?

Senator SENIOR - The term "military " is exclusive, whilst the term "civil" is inclusive.

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