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Friday, 26 June 1914

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) (Minister of Defence) . - I say, with a great deal of regret, that there is no provision in our Defence Act, or in any other Act, under which officers who may serve the whole of their lives in the Defence Forces become entitled to receive any retiring allowance or gratuity on leaving the service. I am not quite certain what length of service BrigadierGeneral Gordon had - I believe that it was between thirty and forty years - but in the term of my predecessor the retiring age was lowered by two years for officers holding the rank that BrigadierGeneral Gordon held, thus taking away from him two years of service to which ordinarily he would have been entitled to look forward.

Senator Blakey - As your Government have done in regard to the senators.

Senator MILLEN - I do not think the honorable senator will find fault with the principle we have put in practice in regard to Brigadier-General Gordon. The Government thought it was a fair and reasonable course to invite Parliament to approve of this amount. It is equal to one year's salary.

Senator Blakey - I have no objection to it.

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