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Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, Thursday. The official interpretation of the expression "duration and termination of the war" is given in a clause in the Finance Bill introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday.

The clause states that wherever in any Act or regulations passed or made since September 3, 1939, reference is made to the war,, the present war, the war with Germany, the war with Germany and any other State or States, the duration or termination thereof, or any equivalent expression, it shall be interpreted by the following rules:—

(a) The war is the war with Germany that commenced on September 3, 1939, and includes the war with Japan.

(b) The war shall be deemed to be existent until a date to be named as the date of the termination of the war by proclamation by the Governor-General published "in the Gazette.

(c) The date to be named i.. that proclamation as the date of the termination of the war shall be the date of such termination for the purposes of every such enactment and the war shall for such purposes be deemed to continue and to be existent until that date. Judicial cognisance by Courts required by any enactment of the existence or termination of the state of war shall be governed by the clause.

Section 24 of the War Legislation and Statute Law Amendments Acts, is to be read subject to the provisions in the clause.

Mr. Broadfoot (Nat., Waitomo) asked the Minister of Finance, when he explaining the clause, if he had any idea of the particular acts affected.

"No, but there are a lot of regulations," replied Mr. Nash. He added that in those regulations there were references to the war, the war with Germany and the war with Germany and other States. The clause removed all difficulties. A Gazette notice had to be published—in effect an Order-in-Council —that the war was over and the date given in that notice was the date to be taken notice of by the judiciary and everyone else.

Mr. Doidge (Nat., Tauranga): The National Security tax will be continued until the war with Japan is over? , „ Mr Nash: The National Security tax will be altered on the first day the money is not required. Mr. Macdonald (Nat, Mataura): Now we know.



WELLINGTON, this day

The appointment of LieutenantColonel Gilbert Archey, 0.8. E., director of the Auckland Museum, as a monuments and fine arts officer in the civil affairs branch of the South-east Asia Command was announced last night by the Minister of Defence, Mr. Jones. Colonel Archey will leave New Zealand shortly to take up his duties. The War Office, said the Minister, had asked for the services of Colonel Archey, the object of whose appointment was to assist in the preservation of articles, buildings, etc., of a cultural and religious nature in countries in the Scuth-east Asia Command where Allied troops are likely to be operating. "In like manner to the policy followed by the Allied armies in Europe, every endeavour is to be made to protect such monuments and works of art," said Mr. Jones. "It will be the work of the organisation to which Colonel Archey has been appointed to arrange that the religious or historical importance of the monuments is made known to the Allied troops operating in their vicinity."


MR. ERASER'S WORK PRAISED Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. High praise for the work of the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, and other members of the New Zealand delegation at the San Francisco Conference was forthcoming from Mr. Richards (Govt., Roskill) in his Address-in-Reply speech in the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon. ' For the first time in New Zealand's history, if not for the first time in the history of any nation, the viewpoints and rights of small nations and democracies had been placed before a conference in a manner that could not be excelled, said Mr. Richards. He would like every young man and woman to reflect seriously on the value of the magnificent work done by the Prime Minister and the New Zealand delegation. Their work would go down in history as a masterpiece in pleading and presentation of the rights of the small nations and the down-trodden masses of the earth.

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STATE OF WAR, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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STATE OF WAR Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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