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Thursday, 26 March 1942

Mr MORGAN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Treasurer seen the published report that the Government of the United States of America has increased the pay of Filipino native troops to bring it up to that of American troops? If so, will he consider, in any budgetary proposals that are being framed, the advisability of following this example by making provision, either in the form of direct pay or deferred pay, for increasing the remuneration of the members of Australia's fighting forces, so as to bring it up to the level of the pay received by members of the American military forces, so that their pay shall not be lower than that of coloured soldiers fighting in the same cause? Will he consider the desirability of placing the members of our fighting forces on the same footing so far as remuneration is concerned as munitions workers so as to enable them to meet fixed commitments such as rent, mortgage instalments and insurance premiums, which they are not able to do in existing circumstances?

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