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Wednesday, 19 May 1920

Mr STORY (for Mr. Kerby) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Whether differential treatment re refund of life assurance premiums is being meted out to warrant officers and non-commissioned officers of the Permanent Forces who have been members of the Australian Imperial Force?

2.   If so, will he take steps to insure that all members of the Permanent Forces be put on the same footing, and those who insured their lives, either prior to or during the war, shall receive a refund of their premiums up to the amount of £500 assurance?

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows: -

Premiums on policies, up to £600, in favour of Commonwealth Government's servants, including all members of the Permanent Forces, who have served abroad with the Australian Imperial Force, are paid only in cases where the policy is effected prior to the commencement of the war. In the cases of officers serving under the Commonwealth Public Service Act, and who, on account of promotion, are compelled to increase the amount of their life assurance, payment of the premiums on policies thus effected is made. The instructions in this matter are common to all Departments, and the question of the honorable member will be brought under the notice of the Bight Honorable the Acting Treasurer.

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