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Thursday, 12 May 1921

The CHAIRMAN - I cannot sustain the honorable senator's contention that ho has raised a point of order. Senator Payne merely asked for information in regard to the relevancy of the remarks of honorable senators to the clause under discussion, and stated that I had not apprehended his point.

Senator PAYNE - Later on I may find it necessary to discuss some portion of this clause, which has not been amended. That is why I am asking your ruling for my guidance.

The CHAIRMAN - It is all a matter of relevancy, and so many conflicting rulings have been given upon that question that my opinion would have either to be accepted or rejected by the Committee. 1 shall take the responsibility from time to time, as the point arises, of deciding whether the remarks of honorable senators are relevant to the question which is under discussion.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 60 -

Section 125 of the principal Act is repealed and the following section inserted in its stead: - " 125. All male inhabitants of Australia (excepting those who are exempted by this Act), who have resided therein for six months, and are British subjects, shall be liable to be trained, as prescribed, as follows: -

(a)   in the Junior Cadets, from twelve to fourteen years of age; and

(b)   in the Senior Cadets, from fourteen to eighteen years of age; and

(c)   in the Citizen Forces, from eighteen to twenty-five years of age; and

(d)   in the Citizen Forces, from twentyfive to twenty-six years of age :

Provided that unless the Governor-General otherwise directs, training under paragraph (d) shall be limited in each year to one muster parade or one registration."

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