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Wednesday, 11 August 1920

Mr LAIRD SMITH - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow -

1.   Paymaster Sub-Lieutenant Parlett is engaged in connexion with the payment of war gratuity to members of theRoyal Australian Navy.

2.   This officer is entitled to apply for appointment under the conditions laid down for the appointment of returned sailors and soldiers as naval staff clerks, as he is a returned sailor. It is not the intention at present to appoint him.

3.   See answer to clause 2.

4.   This officer gained considerable experience during the war whilst serving as paymaster. This experience is being utilized to assist in dealing with the many questions arising in the settlement of war gratuity claims. All clerical officers in the Department who can be spared from their duties have been transferred to the war gratuity section, and in addition it has been necessary to obtain, on loan, the services of clerical officers from other Commonwealth Departments.

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