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Thursday, 29 July 1920

Sir GRANVILLE RYRIE (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Assistant Minister for Defence) - The answers to the honorable member's quesT tions are as follow: - 1 and 2. Reports have been furnished by District Commandants for the information of the Minister, but it is not considered advisable to make such reports ' public. The honorable member- can be assured that all reports and recommendations have .been given full consideration in connexion with the preparation of the Estimates. .

3.   The only officers -who will not receive an immediate increase of pay are junior lieutenants with less than five years' service. In these cases it is considered that the existing rates are ample.

4.   It has been thought advisable to bring the rates of travelling allowance for members of the Military Forces into conformity with the rates prevailing in the Public Service generally. Under the Public Service rates, some members receive slightly less than was formerly paid, whilst others receive a small, increase.

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