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Wednesday, 21 July 1920

Mr MACKAY (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

Whether, in reference to a reply to a question asked by the honorable member for Lilley (Mr. Mackay) on the 31st March last, it is a fact that discharged soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force remaining in military hospitals have not yet received additions to their pensions making the same equal to field pay rank?

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE - It has been ascertained that inmany cases the payments referred to, viz., to discharged members of the Australian Imperial Force in military hospitals on 25th February, 1919, and subsequently, of amounts which, together with the pension and repatriation allowances, will be equal to the military pay of rank, have not been made. There has been considerable difficulty in obtaining the information re- quired by the Pensions Department for broken and retrospective periods. It Is expected, however, that most of the payments will be effected shortly.

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