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Wednesday, 10 April 1946


Mr Francis (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) s asked the Minister for Air, upon notice -

1.   What compensation is being paid to senior officers of the Royal Australian Air Force who have been compulsorily retired from the service under the Government's current re-organization plan ?

2.   Upon what basis is compensation to individual officers computed?

3.   What will be the total cost to the Comcomwealth Government of the compensation involved?


Mr Drakeford - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : -

1.   The officers concerned will be paid, in addition to retiring and demobilization benefits which have accrued to them, amounts as compensation ranging from approximately £1,800 to over £4,000. The lower limit of £1,800 applies to an officer who has less than two years' service ahead of him before reaching the retiring age. The total payments to individual officers on retirement, including the amount of accrued retiring and demobilization benefits, will range from approximately £6,300 to £9,000.

2.   The amounts payable as compensation to each officer will be the total of -

(a)   the amount required to build up the accrued. Permanent Air Force deferred pay to the sums set out in the following scale : -Wing Commander, £4,000; Group Captain, £5,000; Air Commodore. £5,500; Air Vice Marshal, £6,000. The amounts will be determined according to the officer's substantive rank, and the sum of any deferred pay which was paid tothe officer under a. special arrangement in 1924 will be deducted from the amounts mentioned:

(b)   half pay up to a maximum of two years but not beyond the date of retirement applicable to the officer's substantive rank, provided that, where an officer is appointed to another paid position under the Commonwealth during the period covered by the payment of half pay, the officer will refund or have deducted from his pay an amount equal to the half pay granted for such portion of the period of half pay as he is employed by the Commonwealth, provided that the amount to be refunded shall not exceed the amount payable in the new position.

3.   The total cost of the compensation payments as distinct from payments in respect of accrued retiring and demobilization benefits will be approximately £27,000 for the ten officers concerned. The total amount payable to the ten officers as compensation and accrued retiring and demobilization benefits will be approximately £77,000.

Repatriation : Cerebro-spinal Meningitis.


Mr Falstein (WATSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) n asked the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

1.   What disability is accepted by the Repatriation Commission when it is proved that an ex-serviceman suffered from cerebro-spinal meningitis during his war service?

2.   Howm any such cases have been accepted as a result of the 1914-18 war?

3.   What is the amount of pension payable for this disability? .


Mr Frost - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The "disability" accepted would be the diagnosis arrived at by the commission's medical advisers, after full consideration of the results of clinical investigation and observation.

2.   Statistics which would give the particular information required by the honorable member are not held in respect of the 1914-1918 war.

3.   The amount of pension would be governed by the assessment of incapacity made by the commission ora repatriation board. The commission or a board would base the assess-' ment on the reports of the commission's medical advisers.







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