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Friday, 12 July 1946

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - I am satisfied with the position of officers. I am concerned about the plight of other ranks.

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - Such a payment would not apply to all soldiers who served outside -Australia, because most of them' were fed and clothed by the Army.

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - The field allowance, as I pointed out, is paid to officers so that they may be able to meet certain social obligations resulting from their rank. Those social obligations were unknown in prisoner-of-war camps, and, accordingly, in their case the ' so-called "field allowance'"'' is nothing more than a subsistence allowance under a different name.

Mr. -FORDE.- No, it was not' a subsistence allowance, but what is called a field allowance, to which all officers are entitled under Army regulations. Does the honorable member say that the officers should not have been paid the allowance, or that it should be withdrawn from them ?

Mr TURNBULL (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) - What is the right honorable gentleman's conception of- the field allowance?

Mr Francis - Speed it up now !

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