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Wednesday, 19 May 1920

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Members of the Home Service, Army Service. Corps, in New South Wales are receiving the rate of pay prescribed for members of the Australian Imperial Force prior to their embarkation for service abroad, and, in addition, they are entitled to free uniform and upkeep of uniform, medical attendance, rations, &c. Married men are also entitled to separation allowance, which, when added to their pay, and after making allowance for rations, will give them a total weekly rate as under, in addition to upkeep of uniform, free medical attendance, &c. -

For himself and wife, 60s. per week.

For himself, wife, and one child under sixteen years, 70s. per week.

For himself, wife, and two children under sixteen years, 77s. 6d. per week.

For himself, wife, and three children under sixteen years, 82s. 6d. per week.

For each additional child, 5s. per week.

It is understood that the basic wage of £3. 17s. per week in New South Wales was based on the needs of a. family consisting of the. parents and three dependent children. Under the above scale, the rate for a married member of the Australian Imperial Force, Home Service, with a wife and three children, would be 82s. 6d. per week in cash, or kind, in addition to free medical attendance for himself and free issues and upkeep of uniform.

2.   It is not proposed to vary the rates of pay for the Home Service, Australian Army Service Corps.

Mr.FENT ON asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Whether the Government has purchased the camp site at Broadmeadows; and, if so, what price was paid?

2.   If purchased, what does the Department intend to do with the Broadmeadows Camp and the expensive buildings erected thereon?

3.   Has the Government purchased the Seymour Camp?

4.   If so, what area has been secured, and what price was paid for the land?

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Yes; 142 acres and house, at £4,450.

2.   The decision as to the disposal of Broadmeadows site and the buildings thereon is deferred until the military policy of the Government is further elaborated.

3.   Yes.

4.   Seven hundred and eighty-five acres at £4,400.

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