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Thursday, 21 May 1942

Mr McEWEN (INDI, VICTORIA) - Can the Minister for Air say whether it is a fact that the living-out allowance for members of the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force has been reduced, and also whether the rate of pay to minors in the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force has been reduced, notwithstanding that before such reduction it was only two-thirds of the rate paid to men in the same mustering? Further, is the Minister aware that, concurrently with the reduction of the rate paid to minors in the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force, women minors employed in the Lithgow munitions works are being paid the basic rate applicable?

Mr DRAKEFORD - A uniform rate was fixed for women attached to the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, the rate being the same as that proposed in an agenda prepared by the last Government. The matter is now being considered with a view to having defects, if any, remedied.

I do not know what rates are paid to women in munitions factories. I find that my own job occupies all my time, and I have no leisure to devote to the work of other Ministers. As to the other points raised by the honorable member, I shall have an investigation made, and he may rest assured that the Government will do what is right in the circumstances.

Mr HOLT - Can the Minister assisting the Minister for Munitions say whether it is a fact that, in aircraft factories, a base rate of 60 per cent, has been fixed for females, and can he say what rate is now being paid in the government-owned munitions factory tit Maribyrnong ?

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